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EVENFLO: 4 Common Car Seat Mistakes

By: Sarah Haverstick, Safety Advocate and Certified Car Seat Technician Instructor, Evenflo

According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, misuse of car seats in Canada is widespread – ranging from 44% to 81% for car seats and 30% to 50% for booster seats.1 The following include some of the most common mistakes that parents make:

1. Not reading the instructions. Reviewing both the car seat and vehicle instruction manuals is the most important thing you should do before you start to install your child’s car seat. They are full of information that will make correct installation easier! In your vehicle instruction manual, search the index for “car seats” or “child restraints” to find the appropriate sections to review.

Did you know Evenflo also provides video installation appointments with certified car seat technicians? Have a question about your car seat installation? We are happy to help by phone, video or chat. Schedule a live video appointment: http://www.evenflo.com/support/instruction-manuals.html

2. Not using the tether. The tether strap is attached to the back of the car seat and hooks to the tether anchor in your vehicle. When properly installed, the use of the tether can help reduce the distance a child’s head moves in a crash by 4 – 6 inches! The tether is not only a critical safety feature, it is also required by law for forward-facing car seat installations in Canada.

3. Seating your child forward-facing too soon. Safety experts agree: children should remain rear-facing as long as possible. Once your child has outgrown their infant carrier, you should move to a convertible or all-in-one car seat installed in a rear-facing position and keep your child rear-facing until they reach the upper weight and height limits of the seat.

The Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One car seat provides long-lasting versatility and safety. This car seat accommodates children rear-facing from 5 – 40 lbs, forward-facing from 22 – 65 lbs and as a booster from 40 – 120 lbs. This innovative car seat is also leading the industry with the inclusion of dynamic rollover testing. The SafeMax All-in-One also includes an exclusive impact absorbing headrest as well as an integrated steel frame.

The Evenflo Sonus convertible car seat provides long-lasting safety for children from 5 – 50 lbs. This convertiblecar seat can be used rear-facing from 5 – 40 lbs and forward-facing from 22 – 50 lbs. The Sonus offers a built-in ventilation system to provide comfort for your child no matter the season. This innovative car seat is also leading the industry with the inclusion of dynamic rollover testing.

4. Nonuse of booster seats. Finally, perhaps the most costly mistake is not using a restraint at all. Unfortunately, this is quite common among older kids that could benefit from the use of a belt-positioning booster. The most recent Canadian National Survey on Child Restraint Use notes that approximately 50% of school age children (ages 4 – 8) prematurely transitioned from a booster seat to a vehicle seat belt only2. A belt-positioning booster seat is designed to ensure the lap and shoulder belts in your vehicle (which were designed for an adult) will fit your child appropriately – with the lap belt low across the hips (not the tummy) and the shoulder belt crossing the shoulder (not the neck or face).

The EvenfloSpectrum booster seat provides a versatile option for big kids on the go. This booster can be used as a high back or backless booster from 40 – 110 lbs and at least 4 years old. The Spectrum booster comes equipped with LYF+Guard Advanced Compression Technology which is comprised of multiple layers of energy-absorbing material designed to compress upon impact, helping to lower the risk of injury. Additionally, the Spectrum booster boasts stylish and ergonomic armrests and a removable back to fit children as they grow.

 

 

About the Author

Sarah Haverstick is a certified car seat technician instructor and safety advocate at Evenflo. Her love of all things child passenger safety started 10 years ago while working for a children’s hospital. She is the proud mom to an energetic five year old (and many furry critters!).

[1] http://www.cps.ca/documents/position/car-seat-safety

[2] https://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/roadsafety/Child_Restraint_Survey_2010.pdf

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