Fast Lane: State Farm warns parents of child car safety concerns

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—State Farm Insurance, the nation’s largest insurer of autos and homes, warns parents as many as 80 percent of children may be at risk for disabling injury and death while on the nation’s roads and highways.

State Farm’s finding from car safety seat checks in 2006 revealed startling results. Nearly 10,000 safety seats were inspected at more than 200 locations across the United States, but just 12 percent were found to be properly installed.

Some of the most common mistakes parents make when their child rides in the car include the following:

Failing to adequately tighten a car seat/booster seat in the vehicle.

Not tightening the harness straps around the child.

Using a seat belt only for kids ages 4-8. Generally, they should use a belt positioning-booster seat.

Allowing children younger than 12 to ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle.

Improper positioning of the chest clip.

For more information, visit State Farm’s Web site at

from the May 23-29, 2007, issue

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