Consumer Watch: Choosing the right car seat

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 5:20 PM

(WHAS11)-- With all of the different options for children’s car seats, it can be difficult to navigate the market and make the right purchase.  Safety advocates have provided some advice to ensure you make the right choice for your child.

Some questions to ask yourself before settling on a car seat include making sure the seat is facing the proper direction and is in the proper place in the vehicle.  Make sure the harness is correct and confirm that you have the proper seat for your child.

Though hand-me-downs are economically smart, they may put a child at risk.  Car seats do expire, experts said.  It is recommended to check for an expiration date and be aware of the lifetime and the age of the seat.  The expiration dates can be found on the seat.

Parents and caregivers can seek the help of certified technicians to ensure the car seat is installed properly through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has a car seat inspection station locator on its website.

Once a child outgrows a car seat or booster seat, the best way to make sure the child maintains safe travel habits is to set a good example.  Experts said that kids do what they see their parent’s do.  It will be difficult to keep your child buckled-up if you, as a parent or care-giver, don’t buckle-up.

With your consumer watch, I’m Andy Treinen.
 

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