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AAA says 3 out of 4 child car seats incorrectly installed

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The AAA says that three out of four child car seats' harnesses are too loose and too low to prevent injuries to children.

This week marks National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 14-20, and the AAA urges parents to check the sizing and fit of their children's car seats.

“Three out of four car seats today are installed incorrectly,” said Michele Harris, director of traffic safety culture, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Too often, we see kids who are in a car seat that's installed incorrectly or not using an age-appropriate booster seat. As we recognize Child Passenger Safety Week Sept. 14-20, it's a timely reminder to be sure children are safe and secure in the right seat for them.”

One of the most frequent car seat mistakes is the positioning of harness straps.

If straps are too loose, children will not be properly restrained in the event of a crash. Harness straps should lie flat and not have any twists. The harness should be snug enough that you cannot pinch any extra strap material at the child's shoulder.

The use of booster seats for children can reduce injuries by 45% compared to using an adult safety belt alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Children who have outgrown their five-point harness car seat by weight or height should use a booster seat until they reach 4'9'', typically between the ages of 8-12.

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