SPOKANE, Wash. - A staggering 8 in 10 children's car seats are not installed properly, greatly increasing their chance of death or serious injury if you are in a crash.
Many parents are simply unaware of guidelines that ensure their child's safety if they find themselves in an accident.
But Sacred Heart Children's Hospital is working to change that.
It can be the difference of a few bumps and bruises to a spinal or head injury for your child.
“At least 8 percent of car seats across the nation and in Spokane are installed and used improperly every day,” said Renee Whitmer, Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor.
The most common mistake made by parents, is moving kids up to the next step too soon.
“We want to keep kids rear facing until they are two and then in a harness seat until they are about five,” said Whitmer.
Once they graduate from a harness seat, booster seats are the next option until they are about 4 foot 9 inches.
And remember: when buckling your child into their seat, make sure:
-Chest clips are armpit level
-Straps are tight enough so they can't pinch any slack at the shoulder
-And kids should be dressed in normal clothing, which means no winter coats or blankets under the straps.