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Car seat safety can save a child's life

According to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety, more than 59 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. (Source: WALB) According to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety, more than 59 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. (Source: WALB)
Experts said your child should be riding rear-facing until they are at least two years old. (Source: WALB) Experts said your child should be riding rear-facing until they are at least two years old. (Source: WALB)
As far as booster seats, many of the boosters say what the child should weigh. (Source: WALB) As far as booster seats, many of the boosters say what the child should weigh. (Source: WALB)
"It's like your worst fear to think about, a car crash might happen to me," said Nicki Tuttle. (Source: WALB) "It's like your worst fear to think about, a car crash might happen to me," said Nicki Tuttle. (Source: WALB)
"If they are little and fragile, keep them rear facing as long as possible," said Artizell Johnson. (Source: WALB) "If they are little and fragile, keep them rear facing as long as possible," said Artizell Johnson. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children in Georgia. 

According to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety, more than 59 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. 

"It's like your worst fear to think about, a car crash might happen to me," said Nicki Tuttle.

Tuttle has an 18-month old son. She said she is on her second car seat. 

Tuttle said she knows the importance of choosing the right car seat. 

"If your child is in the wrong car seat than they can get hurt really really bad," said Tuttle.

As a pediatric occupational therapist, Tuttle said she's seen children suffer after car accidents. 

"We've seen some pretty awful injuries that possibly might have been avoided if the child had been restrained properly or in the right car seat to begin with," said Tuttle.

In 2014, 252 children nationwide under the age of 5 were saved because they were riding in the correct car seat. 

Experts said your child should be riding rear-facing until they are at least two years old. Then you can get the other car seat like this that will make them face towards the front. 

"If they are little and fragile, keep them rear facing as long as possible," said Artizell Johnson.

Johnson is the Child Passenger Safety Technician for the Dougherty County Public Health department. She said reading the instructions on the car seat is vital.

"You have it right at your fingertips. People don't read," said Johnson.

As far as booster seats, many of the boosters say what the child should weigh.

It's usually between 40 pounds and 4 years of age, but reading the information and buckling your child as the instructions show can save their life. 

"You want to make sure that you are as safe as possible and that your child is as safe as possible," said Tuttle.

If you want to get your car seat checked, there are people available in your county.

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