Car Seat Safety Week: Common mistakes parents make

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CLEVELAND-- It's National Car Seat Safety Week.

Some alarming numbers are coming out about how many parents are not properly using car seats.

According to CNN:

  • 9 out of 10 parents stop using booster seats too soon
  • 7 out of 10 parents do not know how tall their child should be before transitioning from a booster seat to a seat belt
  • 1 out of 4 parents say they don't buckle their child in any kind of car seat or seat belt every time they're in the car


Children should be at least 57 inches tall before transitioning out of a booster seat.

Check car seat labels to ensure it's appropriate for a child's age, weight, and height.


Here are a few tips for car seat safety:

  • Toddlers should be in a rear-facing seat until at least two years old
  • The base of the car seat should not more more than an inch
  • Chest clips should be at armpit level
  • Straps should be tight to the child, assuring there is no slack

Jennifer Walker from Rainbow Injury Prevention Center stopped by the weekend morning show for more car seat tips.

The Car Seats and Care Bears Weekend is hosted by University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

To have your car seats checked, visit one of the following locations:

  • September 20, Dave's Mercado Plaza 3565 Ridge Road in Cleveland from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • September 21, Eastgate Shopping Center 1385 SOM Center Road in Mayfield Heights from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.