Most parents know they have to have a safety seat for their child, but the head of the group Safe Kids says more parents need to do just a little reading first.
Outside Garrison Elementary in D.C. on Monday, safety experts gave a demonstration on the proper way to install a child safety seat. They pointed out some common mistakes, such as a child safety seat should have only one inch of wiggle room -- from side to side and front to back.
Here are the five biggest mistakes made by parents when using a car seat, according to Safe Kids:
- Using the wrong harness slot to strap in the child
- Putting the chest clip over the abdomen instead of the chest
- Not checking to ensure the restraints are tight enough to keep the seat in place
- Not checking the harness to make sure there is two inches or less of slack
- Or placing a seat belt over the stomach or your child's neck
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