This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and we’re spending the week highlighting some safety issues that can easily get overlooked.
So you got that car seat for your child, you did your research and you’re pretty confident its the right size, it’s facing the right direction, it’s installed nice and tight, your kid fits in it well, all is good, right? Well you did your part, but there’s one more thing… what if it turns out there’s something inherently wrong with the seat?
2014 saw an unprecedented amount of car seat recalls — over 6 million. That’s the most car seat recalls in US history. And if you were one of those parents that returned that registration card, you knew all about the recall and were able to take action to fix your child’s seat, but you would be the exception.
A new study from Safe Kids Worldwide shows that 80% of parents intend to register their safety seats but less than 42% actually do. That’s 6 out of 10 parents driving around unaware that their child’s seat may malfunction. Fixing a recalled product is simple if you’ve already registered your car seat. The manufacturer will notify you and tell you about the problem and what steps you can take to fix it. If you request it they will send you a free repair kit with step-by-step instructions or they will send you a refund depending upon the complexity of the problem. If you are unable or not comfortable replacing the part yourself, you can contact a local car seat technician for help. Even if you tossed that registration card in the trash with the rest of the box packaging, you can register your seat over the phone or online.
To check if your child’s safety seat has been issued a recall go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Child Seat Recall Campaign Listing. You will need the seat maker, model type and date it was manufactured.