National Child Passenger Safety Week

By Kelly McCarthy

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Studies show just one in 10 parents have their child's car seat properly installed. National Child Passenger Safety Week provides parents the help they need.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey says car seats reduce the risk of being injured in a crash by 71 percent.

Tioga County saw its best turnout yet for a child seat safety check event earlier this week.

They checked more than 50 car seats and gave away more than 25 replacement seats.

Safety technicians at the Tioga County Health Department say most parents admit they don't read the instruction manual when installing their car seat.

"The one parent had the seat perfectly installed," said Tioga County Health Educator Heather Morgan-Gulnac, "And I asked him, have you had your seat checked before, and he said no, I read the instructions. So after doing this for seven years I met a parent who read the instruction manually, so I was very surprised by that."

Experts say although the law allows children older than 1 year old and heavier than 20 pounds to sit front-facing, they don't recommend any child under 2 years old to sit front-facing.

The Broome County Health Department is hosting a car seat check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory at the Oakdale Mall.

Vestal Police are hosting an event from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart, where a car-seat tech will do inspections and information on car seats.