Improperly Installed Car Seats

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

"One of the things that you want to be able to do is to safely get your child in and out of the car seat. One thing that we see in human nature is, if you have difficulty with a certain buckle, Then we just don't use that anymore. Then we're not using the car seat the way it was designed."

The way car seats are designed is to protect your child in case of an accident.

75 to 80 percent of child safety seats in Alabama are installed improperly.

"We do see a large number of people come in and believe they have the seat installed correctly. Often times they're very close but when it's your child in that seat, we want to make sure that it's 100%."

Some things to check...

"One of the first things we look at when a car seat comes in, is look at the child that that seat belongs to. Is it the proper size for that child, is it the proper weight requirements and is it facing the right direction either forward facing or rear facing."

"In this case, with this seat here we'd ask first, "Is the child less than one year old," because it's still in rear facing mode."


"We look to see if it's level with the ground. On this seat you can see there's a marking here which would indicate the level with the ground. This one is clearly laying back too far in and would not protect the child in a front end collision."

The city of Dothan’s Fire Department is ready to help.

You can stop by free of charge to have them correctly install your seat.

"We'd love to have the children come with the seat, so we can check the buckles and make sure those are at the proper tightness."

"One of our main jobs is preventing a response and if we can make sure this seats installed by coming by one of our fire stations here in the city of Dothan, let our firefighters check that and make sure that it's right, hopefully we prevent an injury in the future."

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