GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Safe Kids Coalition checks 2,100 car seats in Kent County every year and says 97 percent of them are used improperly in some way.
The top three mistakes that are made:
- The seat itself is installed too loosely
- The harness clip is too low
- The straps are too loose
==Watch: Jennifer Hoekstra of the Safe Kids Coalition demonstrates the proper way to use a car seat.==
Safe Kids Coalition offered some additional safety tips:
- Insert straps in slots at or above child's shoulder height
- Put harness/chest clip at armpit level
- Do a "pinch" and "inch" test. On the "pinch" test, if you can pinch excess fabric on the straps, they're too loose. On the "inch" test, if you can move the seat more than an inch side to side or front to back, it's not installed tightly enough in the vehicle.
- Don't use past expiration. Most seats expire after six years because they break down over time. The plastic and the shell that absorb the impact break down, especially due to fluctuation in temperatures during storage. Do not use a seat past its expiration date.
- Only buy if you know seat's history
Safe Kids Coalition is having a free car seat safety check event on Thursday in Grand Rapids at the Grand Rapids Fire Station at 2541 Kalamazoo Avenue from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments aren't needed.
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Joshua Hoppe, 30, from Zeeland was a teacher with Hamilton Community Schools.
Nobody was injured and no personal belongings were stolen.