9 out of 10 kids aren’t buckled up correctly

Booster seats are essential for an older child’s safety

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Car crashes cause the deaths of hundreds of children every year and injure thousands more.

The Holyoke Fire Department held an event Monday showing parents how to properly install their car seats. In fact, 9 out of 10 kids aren’t buckled up correctly.

Mandi Summers, the Child Injury Prevention Coordinator, told 22News, “Many people think their car seats are in the right way, but there’re actually not and it may seem like something little that they did a mistake on, but actually can have huge consequences in a crash.”

Experts suggest that children ride facing the back of the car until they’re at least two years old. The use of a booster seat is also essential for the safety of older kids.

During Monday’s event, kids were also allowed to play and have fun in one of the fire engines at the station.

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