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Survey: Parents Not Playing Safe With Car Seats
Updated September 20, 2017 6:56 AM
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(UNDATED) - One of the most dangerous places for a young child is a motor vehicle, but according to a new survey most parents are not practicing proper car seat safety.

The online survey of parents, conducted by State FarmĀ®, gauges car seat safety behavior and knowledge. One of the more eye-opening findings is less than half of parents kept their child rear-facing until two years of age or longer.

Nearly 70 percent of parents didn't anchor the top tether of the forward facing seat. And less than a quarter of parents used free resources provided to have a certified community-based expert check their car seat installation and usage.
Twenty years ago, the number one killer of children up to four years old was motor vehicle crashes. In 2017, that is no longer the case. Child occupant (ages zero to four) deaths have been reduced by 15 percent, but motor vehicle crashes are still a leading cause.

September 17 - 23 is National Child Passenger Seat Week.

Survey Highlights: A majority of parents are not practicing property car seat safety:

  • 44% kept kids 2 & under in rear-facing car seat.
  • 68% did not anchor the top tether of forward-facing seats
  • Nearly a quarter of parents (23%) moved their child out of a booster seat because they felt the child was big enough.
  • Only 32% removed bulky clothes like winter coats before buckling
  • Two out of three parents did not register their car seat with the manufacturer.
  • Less than half of parents knew car seats have expiration dates.
Additional stats from the survey here.

About the survey: In August 2017, State Farm Strategic Resources Department conducted an online survey of U.S. consumers ages 18 and over. Survey responses were received from 193 parents (93 men and 100 women) who reported that they "have children under the age of 13."

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