Orillia OPP conducted a child seat clinic on Friday, and of the 56 child seats they looked at only 14 passed.
Some of the common mistakes were:
· Expired seats – Seats have an expiry date and you should check with the manufacturer. This information can be found online.
· Toddlers turned “forward facing” too soon – keep rear facing until 2 years of age, so the car seat can absorb the crash forces upon impact and protect the child’s developing skeletal system
· Forward facing seats found untethered; this violation could be a $250 fine
· Loose and twisted harnessing: harnessing secures your child in the safety seat, a twisted harness is a weak harness.
· Chest clip too low: must be placed at the breastbone. If lower the child risks severe abdominal injuries upon impact.
· Shoulder straps to high or too low: rear facing child- shoulder harness should cup the child’s shoulder and come from at or just below the shoulder; forward facing shoulder straps should be at or above the child’s shoulder.
· Loose childless booster seats: low or high backed booster seats must be belted with or without the child in them. The seats could become flying objects upon impact and harm passengers and the driver.