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Car seat checks: Professionals ready to show parents what they do wrong

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- The number of parents using child safety seats in Texas increased for decades. Now, as it's leveling off, there's renewed focus on making sure people use those seats correctly.

A study from the Texas Transportation institute showed about 1 in 5 seats are not installed correctly.

"I just feel good that I took the time to install those seats right," said Katie Mohammadi of Georgetown.

Her family was recently in a car crash. Her three children were in the vehicle strapped in and survived without injuries.

"It was shock," she said. "I really didn't see it coming."

Williamson County EMS paramedic Danielle Collins says way too many families are putting their kids at risk.

"When people come to our car seat checks, more than 90 percent, sometimes as high as 95 or 96 percent of those car seats, are not being used correctly," Collins said.

In 2015, 618,000 children ages 12 and under were injured in automobile accidents. 663 children were killed that same year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a third of those children were not properly restrained.

Mohammadi says that's just unacceptable. Her kids are fine, but things could have ended differently in her mind.

"I can't even imagine something like that happening," she said.

Parents wanted a child seat safety check can visit the Williamson County EMS website and Safekids.org for information on how to schedule an appointment.

 

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