RHODE MAP TO MOTHERHOOD: How to spot an unsafe, unregulated car seat
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - When you’re shopping for a car seat, you’ll find dozens of options.
But according to Dr. Dina Burstein from the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, there are car seats on the market that are not safe for your child.
She showed ABC6 the most recent example of a knock-off car seat that’s up for sale on Amazon. It is being marketed as a less expensive, lightweight car seat for you child – but she warns that it is not regulated, or crash-tested.
"To me it’s like driving around with your child unrestrained," she says.
She says some of these counterfeit car seats do a good job of passing as genuine.
"If you’re not in this business and haven’t seen many car seats, you could easily be fooled."
Luckily, there are some foolproof ways to identify legitimate car seats:
- Look for the label ‘FMVSS213’. That means the car seat has passed crash testing.
- Make sure the car seat has a yellow warning label – all reputable car seats in the U.S. will have one.
- Find the registration card that comes with the product – it will have space for you to fill in your information to send back to the manufacturer, who will alert you if there is a recall down the road.
Click here for a list of approved car seats from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The ‘Seats 4 Safety’ program at Hasbro is also hosting a free public car seat safety check on Saturday, September 21, where parents can learn how to properly install their car seats and booster seats, or have a certified technician check to ensure theirs is properly installed. The event will be held in the parking lot between Nordstrom Rack and Showcase Cinemas at Warwick Mall.