Car seat safety during the holiday season

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NEW YORK (NBC/KXAN) — The holiday season is a time when millions of people travel to destinations far and wide. So, it’s important to make sure your little ones are safely tucked away during those long trips.

Experts suggest checking that the car seat is properly secure. When it’s tight enough, it should not be able to move.  

If you are having difficulty installing the seat yourself, consult an expert, like Monica Zelezmik did for her nephew, Lucas.

“I definitely feel a peace of mind having done it right and tight and all of those things,” Zelezmik says.

Laura Smith also had her son’s booster seat checked out.

“We had a seat protector underneath the seat that wasn’t allowing it to get as tight of a fits as it needed to be, so they just took that out and now they installed it properly,” says Smith.

Something else to keep in mind is winter coats. Car seat manufactures say these bulky items make it impossible to secure kids properly in their seats.

“No heavy coats in the car. Put them on backwards, preheat your car,” Tilton says.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its policy statement on child passenger safety.

The group suggests children remain in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible. This could mean children up to age 4.

Experts also suggest children remain in the back seat of the vehicle until the age of 13.

In Central Texas, people can make an appointment during dedicated Car Seat Check workshops with Austin-Travis County EMS to get their seats checked out and make sure they’re installing car seats correctly.

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