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People like me should not be allowed to install a car seat. Two hours, nine cans of Diet Coke, and four Alleve later, the car seat was still wobbly. The instruction book clearly said that it would not be able to move one inch from base if it was in there right. Well, I followed the directions and, I, who can put together an IKEA desk without the instructions, couldn't get it the movement down to less than six inches or so. Obviously, not road safe. Of course, the booklet said nothing about duct tape, but I figured they’d have at least included it in the picture if it were meant to be there.

So I called the police. In Miami Beach and other parts of Miami-Dade, the police and the fire people will install your child’s car seat for free. The officer who helped me is Officer Julio Blanco on Washington Avenue. As he was putting the seat in he told me about the class he had to take to get certified to do this. 40 hours of class! He knew the physics, mathematical formulas, and had seen films on the devastating effects of accidents. Plus, he could find the tethers in the car which, for the life of me, I couldn’t. In other words, he was brilliant. Not only that, he looked up my car seat to make sure it hadn’t been recalled. When he was done, he asked me to try and move it. I couldn’t. Not even the inch of leeway that was allegedly allowed.

I strongly suggest this for all parents. Officer Blanco’s email is julioblanco@miamibeachfl.gov

Email him to arrange for a time and date. Officer Blanco is an incredible example of how police can save lives. In advance.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 8 out of 10 car seats are improperly installed.

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