Installing a child car seat may appear to be an easy and straight forward process, but many vehicles do not have the car seat properly installed. Proper car seat installation is critical and can be the difference between life and death in the event of an accident.
According to the California Highway Patrol, thousands of children are injured each year in accidents due to improper car seat use or installation. Also, most accidents occur within one mile of the home, so take the time to properly buckle in your child for each trip, regardless of how long it is.
California child passenger safety laws change frequently, so make sure you stay up to date on the latest laws so your child is properly protected and to make sure you are in accordance with the law.
If you are unsure of what car seat to purchase or how to properly install it, make sure to refer to your motor vehicle manual and car seat instruction manual. In addition, there are numerous locations that will help you install it and/or inspect your installation to make sure it is safe and correct.
Even if you believe you have installed your car seat correctly, it is always a good idea to have it inspected. The few minutes required to do an inspection could be the difference in the safety and well being of your child.