The nonprofit group reviewed the records of 79,000 car seat inspections that took place in 2009-10. Among the findings:
Parents don't use the tether strap or use it incorrectly.
The tether strap limits the movement of the child's head during a Georgia car wreck. This reduces the chances of a head or neck injury. Thirty percent of parents did not use the strap; 25% of parents used it incorrectly.
Car seats are installed in the wrong direction.
Rear-facing infant seats are not designed to be used in a forward-facing position. Regardless of a child's size, it is safest for children under two years of age to ride in a rear-facing car seat.
Child exceeds the weight limit for the safety seat.
A car seat that is too small does not offer enough head and neck support. This puts the child at increased risk for potentially fatal head and neck injuries.
Straps are too loose.
Straps should fit snugly. If the straps are too loose, the child can slip out of his seat in a Georgia car crash.
Georgia traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. Riding in a properly installed child safety seat can decrease the risk of Georgia accident death by 54 to 71 percent, depending upon the age of the child.
Do you have questions about your child's injuries? Contact Atlanta accident injury lawyer Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.
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