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How to make sure your child’s car seat is safe

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Gracorecently recalled11 models of child car seats due to malfunctioning buckles that may notunlatch. Whether yours was recalled or not, we have some tips on how you canmake sure your child is as safe as possible in the car.

GinaVeres, an injury prevention specialist at ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital says carcrashes are the number one cause of death for children under the age of 14, buthaving them in a proper car seat can reduce their chances of injury by up to 70percent.

Thehospital's organization, Kids in Safe Seats, helps teach parents the proper wayto secure their children. When it comes to car seats, Veres says there arethree things parents need to keep in mind:

"Themain things to look for when buying a car seat is: Does that car seat fit inyour car properly? Does it fit your child correctly? And can you use itcorrectly every single time?" Veres said.

Anotherthing she suggests parents do is fill out the recall card that comes with everycar seat and send it to the manufacturer. That way if there ever is a recall,they will contact you directly.

Ifyou aren't sure how to properly install a car seat, ask for help. Certifiedseat technicians can be found through your local police or fire department andToledo Children's Hospital has weekly classes tohelp parents.

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