A Nevada Assemblyman, John Carpenter, R-Elko, has said he will propose a bill in the 2009 legislative session requiring mandatory “training in the correct installation of child restraint seats” for parents. Unfortunately, because of legislative rules, that’s all we get behind the intention of the bill and according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mr. Carpenter isn’t commenting on it. So I guess the big question is: Should we mandate that parents receive training in installation of car seats?
Sure, we all know that according to Safe Kids USA, the national misuse rate is around 85%. Your local percentages may be higher or lower, depending on your outreach programs. Despite our efforts here, our misuse rate is close to 99% for those that attend checkup events. We also know why those misuse rates are so high: a combination of cryptic manufacturer instructions and vehicle seat belt or LATCH complications. You do have to admit there are some car seat manufacturer instructions that are very well written.
Would mandating a class help though?