State police don’t know yet if the car seat of a Brockton infant who was ejected during a car crash on I-95 last week was improperly installed. But the fatal accident has made more people aware of the importance of making sure that car seats are properly secured.

State police don’t know yet if the car seat of a Brockton infant who was ejected during a car crash on I-95 last week was improperly installed. But the fatal accident has made more people aware of the importance of making sure that car seats are properly secured.

The bad news is that nearly three-quarters of child safety seats are improperly installed, and most parents aren’t even aware of it. This happens even though many police departments have at least one person on staff who is certified to properly install different types of car seats.

National statistics reveal that about 244 children’s lives were saved by safety restraints last year. Brockton police said they installed 790 child car seats between 2005 and 2009. Requests are increasing, police said.

In Easton, police said that since the death of 5-month-old Jordan Lynn Derochea of Brockton on 1-95 in Attleboro, more parents have asked them to check their car seats to make sure they are properly installed.

It’s a simple solution to saving lives and it doesn’t take a lot of time. There is no question it can be the difference between life and death in some accidents – and what parent wouldn’t want to be sure his or her child didn’t have the best protection possible, at no additional cost.

Yet, according to Brockton police Lt. Donald Mills, who oversees the child-safety seat program for the city police department, “Most of the seats we see are installed wrong.”

That is a disaster waiting to happen.

We urge all drivers with car seats to contact the CPS hot line at the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to find a local police department to check their car seat or help with installing a new one. The number is 877-392-5956.

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