Most B.C. parents don’t know if their kids’ carseats are safe: BCAA

Association’s research suggests only one-quarter get their carseats checked by an expert



More than 50 per cent of B.C. parents aren’t checking regularly that their kids’ carseats are installed properly, according to a BCAA study released Thursday.

The report suggests two-thirds of parents install their carseats themselves and only one-quarter get them checked by a certified expert.

Parents should be regularly checking the carseat position and condition by the wiggle test:

  • Hold carseat at the belt path and give it a side-to-side wiggle. Carseat should not move sideways more than 2.5 cm.
  • Look for signs of wear and tear such as frayed harnesses, torn padding and cracks in the shell. Clean out everyday crumbs and dirt from around the straps and buckle.

According to BCAA, a correct carseat for the child’s age and size is crucial, but only 17 per cent of parents are sure their child’s seat is the right size.

While the association says second-hand seats can be used, it’s important that parents know the seats’ exact history. Even if it hasn’t been involved in a collision, it could have been recalled or have expired.

“Just because it looks good doesn’t mean it’s safe,” BCAA community impact senior manager Shawn Pettipas. “Not knowing the full history of a second-hand carseat means parents can’t be absolutely certain of the seat’s condition and this can put their kid at risk.”

Despite that, the study suggests 29 per cent of parents with second-hand carseats admit that they don’t know their full history. Almost one-fifth of parents use them second-hand.

To make sure kids are properly secured, parents should:

  • Adjust harness straps to the correct height: Rear-facing (below child’s shoulders) or forward-facing (above the shoulders).
  • Fasten both harness strap latches (both have been clicked into the buckle).
  • Harness straps should be snug (only room for one finger or less between harness and child’s collarbone).
  • Chest clip should be positioned at the child’s armpit level.

To get more information or to find a carseat installation clinic, go to www.bcaa.com/carseats.

More than 50 per cent of B.C. parents aren’t checking regularly that their kids’ carseats are installed properly, according to a BCAA study released Thursday.

The report suggests two-thirds of parents install their carseats themselves and only one-quarter get them checked by a certified expert.

Parents should be regularly checking the carseat position and condition by:

Wiggle test: Hold carseat at the belt path and give it a side-to-side wiggle. Carseat should not move sideways more than 2.5 cm.

Look for signs of wear and tear such as frayed harnesses, torn padding and cracks in the shell. Clean out everyday crumbs and dirt from around the straps and buckle.

According to BCAA, a correct carseat for the child’s age and size is crucial, but only 17 per cent of parents are sure their child’s seat is the right size.

While the association says second-hand seats can be used, it’s important that parents know the seats’ exact history. Even if it hasn’t been involved in a collision, it could have been recalled or have expired.

“Just because it looks good doesn’t mean it’s safe,” BCAA community impact senior manager Shawn Pettipas. “Not knowing the full history of a second-hand carseat means parents can’t be absolutely certain of the seat’s condition and this can put their kid at risk.”

Despite that, the study suggests 29 per cent of parents with second-hand carseats admit that they don’t know their full history. Almost one-fifth of parents use them second-hand.

To make sure kids are properly secured, parents should:

Adjust harness straps to the correct height: Rear-facing (below child’s shoulders) or forward-facing (above the shoulders).

Fasten both harness strap latches (both have been clicked into the buckle).

Harness straps should be snug (only room for one finger or less between harness and child’s collarbone).

Chest clip should be positioned at the child’s armpit level.

To get more information or to find a carseat installation clinic, go to www.bcaa.com/carseats.

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Salmon returning to Sooke rivers and streams

Recent rains just what the salmon needed

Construction of Tim Hortons in Sooke expected to begin in November

The latest announcment calls for the coffee shop to open in July

Jordan river coming back from the dead

Roundtable working to restore salmon stocks

Wheelchairs in bike lanes pilot considered in Victoria

Motor Vehicle Act currently prohibits mobility scooters and wheelchairs in bike lanes

On-site installation begins early next month for Victoria bridge project

Project manager says construction is on track for March 2018 completion

Oak Bay Marina’s Leaderboard keeps fisherman in competition for the biggest catch

‘It’s a fun competition and fishermen love a chance to brag a little bit.’

Surf group winning the war on plastic bags

The Tofino Co-op will no longer provide plastic bags, following in the footsteps of the Ucluelet location that already made the change earlier this year.

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

Having a Happy Halloween at Galey Farms

Galey Farms has become synonymous with Halloween on the Saanich Peninsula. The… Continue reading

Screamfest expected to scare up 1,400 at Claremont school

School fundraiser has marched through for Saanich seven years

B.C. woman plagued by bedbugs on airplane not surprising, says expert

Heather Szilagyi was on a British Airways flight when she noticed bedbugs crawling out of the seat

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Outspoken Mountie assigned to admin duties for refusing to shave goatee

The 15-year veteran of the force said he believes the RCMP is targeting him

Victim in fatal ammonia leak remembered for his passion and smile

Friends and colleagues remember Lloyd Smith as someone who was always willing to help people

Most Read