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Car Seat Safety Checks

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Whether you're taking a trip across state, or driving to the grocery store, it's important to have your youngsters buckled up properly.

Safe Kids Yellowstone County and the Montana Department of Transportation partnered to host a child safety seat inspection on Saturday. Organizers say with today's technology, it can be difficult to know what buckles what, and how tight each belt should be.

"Car seats and child restraint systems have been getting easier to use over the years but there's still a lot of complexity in certain things. And no owner's manual can tell you how to put one specific seat into one specific vehicle," says Jason Mahoney, a Child Passenger Safety Technician and Instructor.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping children in the appropriate car seat for as long as possible. They also say many children aren't tall enough to move from a booster to a lap and shoulder seat until 8-years-old. For some, it's even older than that.

The car seat checks are held every second Saturday of the month at American Medical Response on 1701 Montana Avenue from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.