FD: 75 percent of car seats installed incorrectly - WNEM TV 5

FD: 75 percent of car seats installed incorrectly

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Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13-years-old.

Experts said many of those deaths and injuries could be prevented.

William Buchinger, certified car seat safety technician, said 75 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly.

"Most of them aren't in tight enough or they aren't pre-crash locked, which means the seat belt hasn't been locked to keep the seat from moving at all in the event of an accident," Buchinger said.

Buchinger works for the Saginaw Fire Department. He went along with TV5 to the Covenant Hospital daycare for an impromptu car seat inspection.

He spotted some flaws and corrected them. Nicole Sootsman thought her car seat was installed properly.

"When he opened my car seat it was a little too loose," she said. "They should definitely take it to somebody to get inspected."

As for Buchinger, he said he hopes parents will call the fire department to get the device that  carries their children checked out. He said a properly installed car seat reduces children's rick of injury in an accident by 75 percent.

"Encourage people to bring the seats in and let us show them how to correctly put it in and make sure that they're driving around as safe as possible," Buchinger said.

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