POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:31pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Parents, are you sure your child's car seat is installed correctly? It turns out that most aren't.
Lexlee Overton is a mom of two, and even her 5-year-old has a special seat. Overton said her daughter's safety is a priority. That's why she started Lexlee's Kids to educate other moms on how to keep their children safer on the roads.
"We know in Louisiana with the statistics that we have. Nine out of ten car seats, nine out of ten, are installed incorrectly, which can make a difference between life and death of a child," Overton said.
"As a mom, you want your child to be as safe as possible and what I find is that parents just don't realize that little things can make a difference in keeping a child safe in a collision," Overton said. "It can make a difference between a small injury or something very severe happening."
Jared Sandifer, public information officer of Louisiana State Police Troop A, said these accidents happen way too often, but it can be prevented.
"Unfortunately, we have seen that a lot where children will actually turn into projectiles, if you will, because they are not properly restrained," Sandifer said. "They can actually fly around that vehicle and in serious cases they can actually be projected from that vehicle."
"Parents need to be familiar with the laws and regulations of child safety seats. Make sure you purchase a good seat. Make sure it's installed properly, but parents just also need to aware that children can sometimes unbuckle that seat or just play with it a little bit," Sandifer said. "They need to, every now and then, check on that seat and make sure it's installed properly."
Lexlee's Kids will host an event on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Capitol City Health Center in Baton Rouge from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is designed to help parents learn the right way to install a car seat. Parents can also get their children's car seats checked for free.