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Study: Many parents don't use child seats correctly

Posted On Fri, September 16, 2011

A recent study from Safe Kids USA found that incorrect use of child safety seats by parents in automobiles is still a great concern.

Nearly every child under the age of 13 that was a part of the study sat in a rear seat in the vehicle. For young children, fewer than one-third of forward-facing car seats used a top tether, the study noted. Only 59 percent of forward facing seats that had a top tether were used correctly.

The study also found that there needs to be further parental education on how to use the seats, as only 41 percent of children were riding in a seat that pointed toward the rear of the car.

"With parents across the country relying on child safety seats to protect their children as they go about their daily routines, it's critical that we ensure these devices are properly installed in every vehicle and on every trip," said David Strickland, administrator for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This information may prompt many consumers to look at various auto insurance rates, as their current plan may not have the amount of health coverage that is desired should an accident take place.

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