AAA reports 3 out of 4 car seats installed incorrectly

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN)- “Your child’s safety does not take a vacation,” says Cyndi Rose, AAA Springfield District Office Supervisor.

3 out of every 4 car seats are installed incorrectly, according to AAA.

So, before you hit the road this summer, it’s important to get your kids car seats checked by a certified technician to make sure they’re safe wherever you go.

Jessica Ackermann has 3 kids in car seats right now — 4-month-old twins and a 2-year-old.

So, she’s taking advantage of AAA’s free car seat safety check Tuesday at The Greene in Beavercreek.

“Car seat safety is the most important thing.  We spend a lot of time in our car, so we just wanted to make sure that our little girls are safe,” explains Ackermann.

According to AAA, child safety seats reduce the risk of injury in a car crash by 71% to 82%.

“Some car seats that have been coming in, are not used properly.  We’ve seen some expired seats today and we’re just making sure that children are leaving the inspections safer than when they came in,” says Rose.

She is a certified car seat technician.

“It was a detailed 40-hour training course that we went through, with classroom and car seat installation, with a car seat check to complete the certification. Every two years, we do have to get re-certified,” Rose explains.

And parents are grateful.

“It’s great, it’s a free service.  It’s great, even the engine check and the car seat check, it’s really helpful.  It’s good to have a professional look at your seats,” says Ackermann.

If you want to get your kids’ car seat checked by a certified technician, you can set up an appointment at any AAA location and they will do it for free! provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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