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New Resource Alert: Tips On Installing Car Seats Correctly
September 21, 2021

Did you know many parents don’t install their child's car seat correctly?

Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for children starting at the age of 5. The single most effective way to protect children, and all vehicle occupants, is to correctly buckle up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt that is appropriate for their age and size. When correctly used, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. Although most parents are confident that they have correctly installed their child’s car seat, unfortunately only about half of car seats are installed correctly. With so many types of car seats and motor vehicles, installing a car seat can seem like a daunting task.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are concentrating on many priorities at once, including how to keep their kids safe and healthy. September’s focus on child passenger safety provides parents an opportunity to place a life-saving emphasis on child safety in cars by making sure their child’s car seat is used and installed correctly.

To make it easier for parents and caregivers, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has developed a redesigned set of child passenger safety videos designed to give advice on how to choose and properly install a child safety seat. During these short video clips, parents and caregivers will find a variety of tips on installation, airbags, the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system, and harnessing their child.

Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, back to school, or a long-distance road trip, correctly used car seats, booster seats and seat belts are the best way to make sure a family is the most protected. These new online videos are available to help every parent/caregiver understand and take action to keep their children safe in cars.

Click here for more information on CIRP’s child passenger safety tools. You can also subscribe to the ChildPassengerSafety channel on YouTube to watch more and visit for more helpful tips and resources in both English and Spanish.