Experts Advise Against Utilizing Used Child Safety Seats
Many people purchase used child safety seats at garage sales, flea markets, second-hand or resale shops. Unknowingly, you may be putting your child at risk.
Will County Sheriff’s Office cautions against buying a used seat for many reasons. Among them are:
- The used seat purchased may have been involved in a crash.
- A used child seat may be missing parts and instructions.
- A used child seat could be recalled.
- The child seat may not meet current safety standards.
- If you are having difficulty installing your seat, or would like us to check you seat for correct installation or recalls, please call us at 815.727.3263.
The Traffic Section also has a Child Safety Seat Program. Personnel also assist the Crime Prevention Bureau in presenting child safety seat check points which are conducted to assist parents in proper installation of their child safety seats.
In addition, the four ( 4 ) Traffic Section personnel certified in child passenger safety instructed over 50 parents in the correct installation of child seats and answered over 250 phone calls regarding child seats, seat belts and the laws pertaining to these. They also assisted in child safety seat check points and information booths. Two ( 2 ) of these technicians were newly certified in 2005, as were two ( 2 ) other individuals for other divisions.
Over 95% of Child Seats are installed wrong in vehicles.
Is yours in right?
The Ten Most Common Mistakes Made
- Seat Belt Not Securing Child Safety Seat Tightly
- Child Facing Forward Too Soon
- Harness Straps in Wrong Slots
- Locking Clip Not Used When Required
- Retainer Clip Not Used Correctly
- Harness Straps Not Tight Enough
- Improper Child Seat for Child
- Using a Recalled or Unsafe Seat
- Child Seat Incompatible with Vehicle Seat/Air Bag
- “Foreign Objects” Used to Secure A Child Seat