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Car seats save children's lives in car crashes

Car accidents are a leading cause of childhood injuries and deaths. Fortunately, many injuries that children face in car crashes are avoidable. Using something as simple as a booster seat or safety seat could save a child's life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that using the proper car seats for infants lowers the chance of dying in a crash by around 71 percent. Toddlers are also safer in a car seat. Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injuries for toddlers by around 45 percent.

The problem with some car seats is that not all parents know how to use them properly. The CDC discovered that around 72 percent of 3,500 units were being used incorrectly and could actually pose a more serious risk to children involved in crashes. Additionally, some parents were using the wrong kinds of car seats for their children.

The type of car seat you need for your child depends on a few things including your child's height, age and weight. The seat belt needs to fit properly across your child's shoulders and waist. If your child is too big for car seats, booster seats should be tall enough that the lap belt fits securely across your child's lap. Any cross belt should fall along your child's shoulder.

If you're not sure how to install a car seat properly, remember that there are technicians trained to help people like yourself. A Child Passenger Safety technician is happy to help parents make sure seats are installed correctly.

Your child deserves protection, and a good car seat helps. If you're in a crash and your child suffers injuries, you still retain a right to seek compensation. Our site has more on what to do next.

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