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Local health educators say most children are strapped into car seats incorrectly

Local health educators say most children are strapped into car seats incorrectly

Experts said motor vehicle crashes kill more kids than anything else, though properly-installed car seats reduce the risk of death by 71 percent.

Safe Kids Benton-Franklin offered free car seat checks by appointment on Wednesday.

They said it's to make sure parents are doing it right the first time, and they said they'll keep showing anyone who'll listen at the monthly inspections they host in Richland.

Health educator Kathleen Clary-Cooke said before she ran this program she was a young mother too afraid to have her own car seats inspected because she wasn't sure she did it correctly.

"We don't yell at parents, we're not going to stand here and give them a bad grade or use red pens," Clary-Cooke explained. "We're going to tell you everything you're doing right. The best thing you can do for your kids is just to come and make sure, let us make sure that it's all correct."

She said if you can't make it to one of the monthly inspections, safety technicians are going to work with you to find a time that will work.

To contact Safe Kids Benton-Franklin about monthly inspections, click here.

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