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Following Tragic Death Of Infant In Rollover Accident – Emphasis On Car Safety Seats

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Last Friday, a five month-old infant was killed after the child and its mother were ejected from a vehicle in a rollover accident near Three Forks.

Kira Huck is co-coordinator for Safe Kids Missoula, and said a tragedy such as the one that occurred last week is a reminder to make sure all children are securely buckled into an approved car safety seat.

“We just want parents to know we have a child safety seat checkup on the second Saturday of every month at the Missoula Rural Fire station at Reserve and South Avenue,” Huck said. “The checkups require an appointment by calling 549-6172. The volunteers ask that you set aside at least 30 minutes to conduct the safety checkup.”

Huck said there are are four main tips that Safe Kids Missoula has for parents regarding car safety seats. Here’s an important website to get you started.

The Right Seat. Check the label on your car seat to make sure it is appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height.

The Right Place. Kids are VIPs, and all VIPs ride in the back seat. Keep all children in the back seat until they are 13.

The Right Direction: Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until at least age 2. When he or she outgrows the seat, move your child to a forward-facing car seat and make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower attachments (LATCH).

The Inch Test. Once your car seat is installed, give it a good tug at the base where the seat belt goes through it. A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.

Get more details on the safe Kids Missoula website by clicking here. 

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