TEXAS – Three out of every four car seats are not installed correctly risking children’s safety, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

New car seat guidelines have been released by the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents to keep their children safe in the event of a crash. The AAP reports that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children under the age of four.

New evidence shows that infants and toddlers should ride in rear-facing car seats as long as possible. The weight range for this type of seat is 22 to 35 pounds or a minimum of two years old and a maximum of four.

Kristen Hullun with St. Davis’ Medical Center said when strapping a child into a car seat, the chest clip needs to be at the arm pit level to keep from being ejected during a crash.

According to AAP, properly installed car seats can reduce the risk of death by 71 percent.

Four types of car seats:

  • Rear-facing seats: Required for infants
  • Forward-facing seats: Minimum 2 years old
  • Booster seats: Minimum 4 years old and 40 pounds
  • Adult safety belt: Children can upgrade at 10 years old

In Williamson County, the third Saturday of each month hosts a car seat safety inspection class for parents hosted by Williamson and Travis County EMS. Parents can call 512-943-1264 for more information.  

San Antonio also offers car seat inspections at the University Hospital by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call 210-358-4295 or email fara.smith@uhs-sa.com.