Study finds three in four child safety seats improperly installed

    A Pennsylvania State Police Survey found a troubling statistic when it comes to children’s safety on the road.

    A Pennsylvania State Police Survey found a troubling statistic when it comes to children’s safety on the road.

    State Police inspected over 500 child safety seats at 68 checkpoints, and found three-quarters of them were improperly installed.

    Trooper Bill Satkowski a spokesman for the State Police, outlines the common mistakes.

    “The first mistake is they don’t read the instructions, other things are improper belt paths, the seat isn’t tight enough, it’s the wrong seat for the child or the wrong fit for the car. So there is a lot of combinations of misuse that we see and hopefully when they leave our checkpoints they are in better shape than what they came.”

    Trooper Satkowski says a child safety seat really should not be bought second-hand, because of many factors. For example, seats that have been in an accident shouldn’t be used again.

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