Is your kiddo’s car seat installed correctly? …Are you sure? National Seat Check Saturday is coming up and it gives parents the chance to make sure that their child’s safety seat is doing its job. Read on for all the important deets.

National Child Passenger Safety Week is this week, culminating in National Seat Check Saturday as part of the week-long initiative. It never hurts to go get your child’s safety seat checked: according to research published in The Journal of Pediatrics, 95 percent of new parents don’t install their car safety seats correctly.

Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll recently published a report about how parents’ driving habits change once they become parents. The report revealed that 97 percent of new parents find it overwhelming to do research on child safety products and that 71 percent find the sheer number of models of car seats overwhelming as well.

Not surprisingly then, only 35 percent of parents check their child’s safety seat expiration dates (yes, they have them), only 50 percent check to see if their child has outgrown their seat and 35 percent remove their kiddo’s coat before putting them in their seat. These stats show that unsafe car seat behaviors are apparently abundant, even despite parents’ best intentions.

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There are plenty of ways that parents can make sure their kids’ car seats are installed properly. The National Car Seat Check is a start. The check gives you the chance to have a professional evaluate the installation, answer your questions and give you pointers on correct, safe installation.

Along with the check, Jenni Newman, Editor-in-Chief for Cars.com and certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, suggests reading both your car seat’s and car’s manuals. In some cases, the car and the car seat just aren’t a match. If this happens to you it’s likely you’ll need a new car seat—because a new car is probably out of the question.

So how can you find a nearby Car Seat Checkup event? Visit the Safe Kids Worldwide website for dates, times and locations. You can also visit participating Volvo retailers—whether you own a Volvo or not. For a list of participating dealers, visit Volvo’s website here.

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