How safe is your car seat?

Posted by Barbara Meltz  July 25, 2007 02:54 PM

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If you're an expectant parent, have you practiced buckling a teddy bear into a car seat? Maybe you're still trying to figure out how to install the &%$# carseat, or perhaps you're still at the procrastination stage, trying to figure out which carseat to buy.

What you need to know is this: The National Highway Traffic Safety Association says that 80 percent of parents install their baby's seat incorrectly. Phew! That's a lot of us.

Here's the good news. offers tips on correct installation of infant, baby, toddler and booster seats, as well as locations of Boston & Springfield area sites that offer car seat safety inspections.

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Barbara F. Meltz is a freelance writer, parenting consultant, and author of "Put Yourself in Their Shoes: Understanding How Your Children See the World." She won several awards for her weekly "Child Caring" column in the Globe, including the 2008 American Psychological Association Print Excellence award. Barbara is available as a speaker for parent groups.

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