Registering your child’s car seat for recall and safety notices only takes a minute – Here’s how
I’ve written in depth about protecting children in the car, especially when it comes to having safe and secure child car seats. But there’s one simple step that parents often forget that can literally save a child’s life:
Registering the car seat.
Upon purchasing a child car seat, manufacturers will give you a registration card. This is so when recalls that could affect the performance of the car seat occur, parents are the first to know – before a serious malfunction happens.
How to register your child car seat
It really only takes a minute or two:
- Have the information on the make and model of the car seat ready. You can find it on the car seat label.
- Fill in your name and address on the card and mail it in.
- You can also register your seat by going to the manufacturer’s website or safercar.gov.
Here’s an example from safercar.gov:
- Manufacturer’s Name (Example: Graco, Britax, Evenflo, Combi, etc.)
- Date of Manufacture (Example: Label says “Manufactured in” )
- Model Number (Example: 8643CDR2, 808688, 317147P1, etc.)
- Model Name (if known) (Example: Snugride, Centre EX, Embrace, etc.)
Car accidents are the top killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But Safe Kids Worldwide says correctly used car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.
Also keep in mind that last year, more than six million car seats were recalled by manufacturers. Yet fewer than half of those car seats received the necessary repair, according to a recent article on The Huffington Post, “A Message to Parents with Kids in Car Seats.”
As an auto accident attorney, some of the most heart breaking cases I’ve handled involve helping families after they’ve lost their children due to defective car seats. A lot of these product liability lawsuits for car seats are preventable.
Please take a few moments to get your child’s car seat registered. It’s also best to have a certified child car seat inspector take a look to see if it’s installed properly. Here’s a Child Car Seat Inspection State Locator from safercar.gov.