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National Child Passenger Safety Week [AUDIO,VIDEO]

Ashli Gerdes

ST. CLOUD — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is recognizing National Child Passenger Safety Week by asking you to make sure your child is properly restrained.

State law requires that all children under the age of eight are properly contained in a safety seat.

A 2011 survey by MnDOT found that only 64 percent of parents use a booster seat. From 2008 through 2012 there were ten children killed in vehicle related incidents–only two were properly restrained.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow says you shouldn’t be able to wiggle the safety seat more than an inch.

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Grabow says children 12 and under should ride in the back seat of the vehicle. He says a common mistake parents make is that they turn the booster seat forward facing too soon. Parents should keep their children in rear facing safety seats until they are two years old.

More child passenger safety tips

See a YouTube video on how to properly install a safety seat below.

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