SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's Child Passenger Safety Week, and chances are, even if you think you have your kids buckled up right, you're probably wrong.
Safe Kids Maine has been doing regular safety seat checks for 12 years, and finds more than 90 percent of the people they see have made a mistake, either in installing the car seat, or in harnessing their child.
The 5 basic things you need to do are:
- Pick the right seat for your child's age, height and weight
- Make sure all children under 13 are in the back seat
- Keep your child in a rear facing seat until the age of 2
- Make sure your seat can't move more than an inch in any direction
- Buckle your child at armpit level and pinch the straps at their shoulders. If you don't get any extra webbing, you're good to go.
But each car seat works differently with each kind of car, so you need to read the instruction manual to make sure you're installing the seat correctly. It's also a good idea to visit a car seat check to confirm you've done things right.
You can find a free safety check location by visiting the Maine Safe Kids website.