AAA survey: parents unsure of car seat requirements

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A new survey released by AAA and Dorel Juvenile Group shows that while most parents acknowledge the importance of car seats in keeping their children safe, most don’t know how to use them properly. (Dorel is the leading manufacturer of child safety seats.)

The report, which includes data from 649 adults living with at least one child younger than eight, found that 76% of parents said safety was their primary consideration in buying a car seat. But only a quarter of those surveyed knew the proper age and height requirements at which car seats are recommended by AAA (the automobile group advises that any child up to age eight and up to 4 feet 9 inches tall always sit in a car seat).

AAA notes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data indicates that as many of three quarters of car seats are not properly installed.