By the editors of Babytalk
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(Parenting.com) -- Of course you have a car safety seat, but are you using it properly? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates misuse to be as high as 80 percent.
Here's a quick checkup you can do, from Donna Braden, a certified NHTSA child safety seat inspector.
Make sure the seat won't move more than an inch from front to back or side to side. If it does, tighten the seat belt that's holding it in place.
Check the gauge on the side of the safety seat to make sure it's sitting at a 45-degree angle. If your seat won't let you adjust its angle, level it off by positioning a rolled-up towel in the crack where your car's seat and back meet. Once the seat is installed, here's how to fasten in your baby:
Want to be doubly sure? Go to nhtsa.gov and enter your zip code to find a free child safety seat inspection station near you.
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