*This is a sponsored post, but all experiences and thoughts are solely my own.
I am a Mousekemom, but I am a mom first. I have spent the past 13 years with a child in a car seat. I have spent the past 13 years on road trips with my kids in their car seats, many of those road trips leading right to the front gates of Disneyland!
Yes, more than half the time we visit Disneyland, it is a road trip! We love our Disneyland road trips. But when I am on those road trips, I begin to think about safety more than anything! Although I know our rides when we get to Disneyland will be safe and secure as ever, the ride getting there, I can’t always say I feel as confident.
It was because of articles I had run across on social media, shared by other vigilant moms who have the best of intentions with safety being a top most concern, but realizing they too were making car seat mistakes!
In fact, some of the statistcs from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted these alarming stats and that 95% of parents made at least ONE of these mistakes, but, according to this Forbes article, “86% of the families positioning the newborn incorrectly and 77% erring in the seat’s installation. Further, 89% were “critical” based on NHTSA recommendations, which means the mistake could increase the child’s risk of injury in a crash. Slightly more parents (91%) made “serious” mistakes, those that Hoffman’s team designated as ones that could cause harm even during normal traveling.”
These mistakes included:
- Positioning the newborn incorrectly in the seat.
- Incorrectly installed seat.
- The harness retainer clip was too low.
- The harness was too loose.
- Seats had an incorrect recline angle.
- Incorrect use of the harness slot.
- Some even had installed a non-regulated seat.
- Car seats moved more than 1 inch side to side.
- Seat belts did not have the seat belt retractor locked.
- Lower anchors were too loosely attached.
- Incorrect seat belt path through the car seat.
- Incorrectly used lower anchors in the middle seat.
- Some even had twisted straps, which can decrease straps’ effectiveness in restraining a child in a crash.
This list blows my mind! Who knew installing and using a car seat could be so technical?!? It makes me wonder how our children survive, but it also makes me not want to take a risk in the slightest. I not only think about those 700 miles from our home to Disneyland, but just the few miles driving around town and the hundreds/thousands of times I have. I have probably done most all of these quite frequently.
But this is where I found a super handy, dandy tool! Cars.com has a car seat check to be able to check the latch system and have a properly installed car seat, eliminating many of the issues above. Then some are obvious, like untwisting the straps before buckling.
I am now confident that we are using it properly for our van’s make and model. The Cars.com site allows you to find the exact resources for your make and model too!
They even share videos so you can be a confident Mousekemom too and have that safe road trip to Disneyland or to the grocery store!
Are your car seats installed properly? Do a double check and confident too!