A new report from Safe Kids USA finds proper use of car seats has improved, but there is still work to be done. Their study of 79,000 child safety seat inspections over the course of a year found most infants are still riding in a dangerous position.
For the first two years of life, it's recommended car seats be positioned in the back seat with kids facing the rear. The study found fewer than half those little kids are riding that way.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said, "The number one cause of death for children is car crashes. The best thing that you can do to protect your child is make sure they're properly restrained in a size-appropriate restraint."
Lorrie Walker, Safe Kids USA Training Manager, said "When you have your new baby you have to recognize that it's probably going to be ten years that you're going to be working with car seats."
Overall, experts say kids are not staying in booster seats long enough. Something they are supposed to do until they are four feet nine inches tall. For more information visit: www.safekids.org
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