Safety advocates helping protect children on the road

Posted - Sep. 21, 2010 at 10:50 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Health and safety advocates are helping parents better protect their children on the roads.

Sept. 19 through Sept. 25 is Child Passenger Safety Week, so community partners provided free car seat checks Tuesday and taught parents how to install seats correctly. Roughly 90 percent of all car seats are installed incorrectly.

Volunteers also found in this economy many families haven't been able to afford car seats. One hundred new car seats were handed out to families that needed them.

Organizers say many children still ride with lap belts.

"Those children are going to fly through the window," said May Romo, with Safe Kids Salt Lake City. "If they're just using the seat belt, there's no way that that seat belt is going to restrain that child. In fact, That's going to cause more injuries."

There are sites across Utah this week where you can get your child seat check and properly installed. CLICK HERE for a list of locations.

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