Times have changed since Robert Dowd was a dad. Now a great grandfather, he’s rolling out all the stops for company.
“Yes, for our great granddaughter to visit,” says Robert Dowd, great grandfather.
She’s eight months old, so Dowd’s doing something he’s never done before: installing a car seat.
“Well safety is so important, we use to just throw them in the back and that’s no good. So we got a car seat, but I didn’t know how to put it in,” says Dowd.
It’s intimidating for any first-timer. Rather than ask for help, some people end up doing it wrong.
“I’ve seen car seats installed with three seat belts, so they’re using the middle positioning in the back seat they’re using both side seat belts. I’ve seen babies go forward facing. Huge no-no,” says Lina Quintana, child life advocate.
Lina Quintana is a child life advocate with Golisano Children’s Hospital. She makes it her job to teach people how to put in a car seat.
“There are vehicles that are older than ‘02 and the vehicles that are newer than ‘02. That’s where the cut off for different instillation comes into play. You either install it with a seat belt or you install it with a latch system,” says Quintana.
By some estimates, four out of five car seats are not installed properly. A frightening statistic considering that’s a baby’s primary protection in a car crash.
“Don’t do the guesswork you might make mistakes. Come to us; we’ll take you step by step. Your child is very important, it’s your most precious possession, you don’t want to put them in any jeopardy,” says Quintana.
For Dowd, the investment in time was more than paid for in peace of mind.
“It was, with a little instruction, it’s much clearer,” says Dowd.