We know it's not easy to find the right car seat and then having to learn how to install it properly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports in most cases, 59 percent of car seats have been incorrectly installed. As a certified car seat installation technician, Andy Dotson with the Morgantown Fire Department said all caregivers could use safety reminders. All children up to 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall must be in a federally approved child safety seat according to Dotson.
The safest place for a car seat is in the back, middle of the seat, facing backwards based on size and age regulations.


Simply described, there should be less than one inch of play at the bottom of the car seat where it’s restrained with a belt or latches.
A certified technician can assist caregivers in the proper selection, direction, location, installation and harnessing. Children from birth to a year old should always be in a rear facing car seat with a 5 point harness. Forward facing car seats with a 5 point harness should be used for children 3 to 7 years old as size permits.
Children 7 to 13 years old, as size permits, should be in a booster or high back booster seat.


This week, Morgantown Firemen and Monongalia County Sheriff’s are holding child safety seat events. The problem with that is anything they add to that car seat has not been through a government test to make sure it meets safety standards,” cautioned Dotson.



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