Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chicago to Retailers: Tell customers where to get help with car seat installation

Perhaps you've seen or heard the research that most car seats are installed incorrectly or just know from your own experience that it's not easy getting that seat installed so it is at the correct angle and doesn't move at all.

Many parents know to get help -- either through Car-Safety.org, local police or fire departments, NHTSA, or a service such as Safety Squad. But other parents either don't know they can find help or don't think they need it -- leading to that high number of incorrectly installed seats.

The Chicago City Council recently made it easier for Chicago area consumers to get that information. A recent ordinance introduced by Alderman James Balcer requires retailers to post information on installation services near the car seats in the store. This will hopefully send more people to get assistance with the task, resulting in safer children.

But we hope that manufacturers also begin to offer more information on installation in their materials as well. Or, here's an idea - let's come up with a system for installation that doesn't take a four-day training to understand!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What other consumer product is mandated by law, takes 32 hours to learn how to install, and has about a 90% mis-installation rate?

The real answer is for car seats to be built into vehicle seats!

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