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Use cars seats, and use them correctly

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Car crashes. are the number one killer of kids. The majority of kids in child safety seats are not properly buckled in, and nearly 12% of kids that should be in a safety seat aren't restrained at all.

Kelly McBride says her 15 month old daughter Londyn is the most important thing in her life. "She's everything to me," she says.

And like most moms, she makes sure to strap her in tight when she gets in the car. "It's really important because if we had a wreck, I would not want something that happened to her, be my fault."

No one ever expects an accident to happen, but they do. Car crashes are the number one killer of kids and unfortunately most parents don't restrain their children in correctly.

"I think a lot of parents don't realize how important these are, because I didn't realize how important it was."

Deborah Stewart knows firsthand a properly installed booster seat saved her two year old daughter's life. "His brother fell asleep and rolled our SUV, probably five or six times and my daughter was upside down, so this did save her life."

Georgia State Trooper Robert Corbin sees how well those safety seats work. "I worked a wreck six months ago in Sumter County. I am still amazed how well the car seat protected that child-- that child was not injured."

He says the most common mistake parents make is not securing the safety seat in tight enough. "If the car seat is not in the passenger seat tightly, if they were in a front end collision that car seat is going to fly forward."

Next mistake-- the child is not restrained tightly enough. "They need to do what is called a pinch test, where they can pinch just a little bit of excess, that's it."

Finally, he says parents often don't know car seats expire. Something you can find on the outside label. "When you are at the grocery store, you pay attention to the label. Now you have your child-- the most precious thing. You need to pay attention to the label. "

Parents should know the weight and height and the proper seat for their child. New state laws require kids to stay in booster seats until they're eight years old.

If you aren't sure, ask, because if you don't, it could wind up as the biggest mistake of your life. If you are ever involved in any sort of accident, throw that car seat away, because it is no longer safe for use.

Troopers say they will make sure your seat is properly secured at no cost.

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