The Doctors discuss the shocking statistic that as many as 80 percent of child car seats are installed incorrectly and are possibly putting your child in danger. We welcome certified child passenger safety tech Vincent Mastrangelo to discuss the top car seat mistakes you might be making.
Incorrect placement of harness straps: Vincent explains that for forward-facing seats the harness straps should be at or above the shoulders, but for rear-facing, the harness straps should be at or below the shoulders. He says parents need to be aware of this when they switch from rear to forward seats.
Using seatbelt and latch system together: He says to never use both the seatbelt and the latch at the same time and explains only one should be used.
Check and know the weight limits on latch systems: He explains the latch system weight limit is 65 pounds, but after 2014 cars seats were required to instruct users that this limit includes the weight of your child and the weight of the car seat combined.
Vincent also recommends keeping your children in a rear-facing seat for as long as you can.