OKLAHOMA CITY – Even though parents believe they are protecting their children when putting them in a car seat, authorities found that thousands of children may actually be at risk in the devices that are supposed to protect them.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it is revising weight-limits of Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children-installed car seats.
Current guidelines only account for a child’s weight, not including the weight of the car seat.
Officials say parents may be unknowingly exceeding weight limits by not factoring in the child’s weight with the weight of the car seat.
Authorities say if a child is 50 pounds and the car seat is 20 pounds, it would exceed the 65 pound weight limit.
Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, said, “In the event of a crash, exceeded weight limits may cause the lower anchors and tether to perform improperly, leaving children vulnerable to injury or death.”
A recent survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 85 percent of technicians have seen LATCH weight limits exceeded.
Also, 20 percent of technicians reported seeing it “often.”