HOUSTON – It’s the leading cause of death -- motor vehicle crashes kill hundreds of children every year, but the right car seat can greatly reduce that risk.
However, hospitals across the country are finding more counterfeit and fake car seats.
Health experts say 42 counterfeit car seats and 34 foreign-made car seats were found during inspections. They’re on track to match those numbers again this year.
Experts recommend parents to not buy from a third party. And before you spend money on a travel system, zoom in on the picture to check for labels.
If you already have a car seat for your child, make sure you find the following:
- Check the straps and anchoring parts.
- If there are no lower attachments or a chest clip, it might be counterfeit.
- Read the label – all federally compliant car seats should say it “conforms to all applicable federal motor safety standards.”
If you’re unsure about your child’s car seat, consult a technician in your area to make sure it’s safe.
You can find a nationally certified child passenger safety technician in your area at safekids.org and click on “Car Safety Checks.”