Car seat safety - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/09

Car seat safety

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Although babies must be strapped into their car seats when they're on the road, a new study suggests that is the only place those seats should be used for extended periods of time. 

According to experts at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, too many caregivers are lifting the infant carriers out of the car and then placing them on counters or soft surfaces, where they can fall.  More than 8,700 infants are taken to the emergency room every year because of car seats that fall from high places or onto couches where the babies can suffocate.

Speaking of car seats, Covenant is holding another car seat check Saturday, Oct. 24, so you can be sure your child's safety seat is in the right position in your vehicle.  The event is sponsored by Covenant nurses, the Lubbock Fire Department and Safe Riders.  It will be located in Covenant's west parking garage from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m. and experts will check your car seat and make sure it's installed right for free.  Remember, the new child safety laws require a booster seat for kids up to age 8, unless they're taller than 4 feet 9 inches.

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