New Research: Many Car Seats Don't Align Properly With Vehicle

New research from The Ohio State University School of Medicine finds child car seats and vehicle seats don't align properly more than 40% of the time. 

In an effort to help solve this problem, researchers collected measurements from 61 vehicles and 59 car seats.  Data from nearly 3,600 potential car seat-vehicle combinations and 34 physical installations were studied.  That's when it was determined that many car seats don't fit into the seat properly, increasing the risk of injury to a child.

From a press release:

"I want to emphasize that all car seats are safe and have passed federal regulations.  But to really optimize the safety of a child's car seat and provide the best protection for a child, one must make sure it fits properly in the vehicle," sais Julie Bing, lead author of the study and research engineer at The Ohio State University Injury Biomechanics Research Center. "We want to encourage parents to take measurements of their car in order to make the most informed decision when choosing the safest car seat option for their child....We recommend parents go to the store and ask if they can take the model off the shelf and go out to their car and try it."

The results will be published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention in October.

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