These dangerous car seat mistakes can happen to any parent

Jun 23, 2016 at 4:11 p.m. ET
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Arguably one of the most important things you can do for the safety of your child passenger is use the right car seat, the right way, every time. But car seats can be tricky, and parents don’t always know the best way to keep their kids safely secured. According to one study, as much as three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.

SheKnows asked Heathyr Kemp, a child passenger safety technician with Car Seats for the Littles, to see what the most common car seat mistakes were, why they can be dangerous and how to fix them.

1 /12: Forward-facing too soon

1/12 :Forward-facing too soon

2 /12: Moving to a booster seat too soon

2/12 :Moving to a booster seat too soon

3 /12: Buying a used car seat

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3/12 :Buying a used car seat

4 /12: Ignoring expiration dates

4/12 :Ignoring expiration dates

5 /12: Using LATCH incorrectly

5/12 :Using LATCH incorrectly

6 /12: Strap placement too high or low

6/12 :Strap placement too high or low

7 /12: Ignoring the top tether

7/12 :Ignoring the top tether

8 /12: Improper chest clip placement

8/12 :Improper chest clip placement

9 /12: Letting kids wear a thick coat

9/12 :Letting kids wear a thick coat

10 /12: Using seat accessories

10/12 :Using seat accessories

11 /12: Not checking the laws

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11/12 :Not checking the laws

12 /12: Pin it

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12/12 :Pin it