Sheriff's Office reminds parents to make sure car seats properly installed in vehicles

In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week Sept. 18 - 24, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is reminding parents and caregivers to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed in their vehicles by having them inspected by a certified technician.

As many as three out of four child safety seats are installed improperly, according to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration.

It is important to remember these guidelines for selecting and installing a child safety seat:

■ It must be appropriate for your child’s age, height and weight.

■ It must fit tightly into your vehicle and not move more than 1 inch from side to side and front to back. The back seat is the best place for the child safety seat.

■ Always refer to the child safety seat instructions and vehicle manufacturer’s instructions for weight limits, proper use and installation.

■ Most manufacturers recommend replacing any child safety seat after more than six years.

■ Register your child’s safety seat with the manufacturer so you can be notified of any recall.

■ All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

For more information or to schedule a free child seat inspection with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office call (239) 252-0367.

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