>As you may have guessed, it isn’t enough to be able to spot the misuse (I have picked some obvious examples, I realize) – but rather it is critical to be able to explain why it is a problem AND solutions to correct it.
As a pediatrician working in a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), the picture of this newborn is near and dear to my heart. Sadly, the misuse shown in this picture is probably one of the most common in the newborn age group – and represents a significant risk to this baby’s health and safety.
What mistakes can you identify (besides the obvious of the straps not being snug)?
For bonus points, what type of injury pattern might you see as a result of this misuse?
Post your answers below – and I will post the correct answer on Tuesday.
Please note: This photo was not staged. This photo was taken by a real parent just like you who didn’t know that they were using the seat improperly. 9 out of 10 car seats are used incorrectly – don’t let your child ride at risk. If you are in the NYC or Baltimore areas, email us at [email protected] to schedule a private car seat installation lesson – otherwise, visit www.seatcheck.org to find someone in your area to teach you how to install your seats properly.
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