What the study found:
Parents use infant car seats as more than just car seats. Babies are often carried in these seats, ride in them on stroller frames, and nap in them while in the house and on the go.
Nearly 10,000 infants in the US are injured each year in their infant car seats NOT in crashes, but rather while using the seats outside of the car. 10% of the injuries are severe enough that the baby has to spend at least 1 night in the hospital.
Of the injuries, 85% were related to falls - 65% of the infants fell out of the car seat, 15% fell from elevated surfaces (with shopping carts, tables, and counters being the most common surfaces).
What you NEED TO KNOW to keep YOUR CHILD SAFE:
1. Anytime your baby is in the car seat (be it in the car, on the stroller, in your house) the harness straps must be BUCKLED and SNUG. (When unbuckled the baby can fall out of the seat. When buckled loosely the baby can get tangled in the straps and strangle themselves.)
2. Anytime your baby is in the car seat, the car seat should either be in the car, on the stroller - or ON THE FLOOR. Never put the car seat on a counter top, bed, sofa, table, bench, shopping cart, restaurant high chair, etc - as the car seat can fall from these raised surfaces.
REFERENCEParikh S, Wilson L. Hazardous Use of Car Seats Outside the Car in the United States, 2003–2007 Pediatrics. 2010;126:352-357.