Parents learn how to install car seats correctly

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.

Deaths and injuries from car crashes can often be prevented with the proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.

“We attempted to do it on our own, and we thought we had it properly, but the best way to find out is to bring it here,” said David Tischler, who found out his car seat wasn't installed properly when he attended a free event put on by safety experts. “Having the pros do it right is certainly the way to go.”

And Tischler isn't alone on this.

“There's a lot for us to go through and go over with them, and a lot of them are surprised when they think they were doing things correctly and learn that they made a mistake here or they made a mistake there,” said Lisa Cote, who is a child passenger safety technician.

Cote helped parents learn the proper way to install a car seat and booster seat.

“We're not here to actually install it for them," she said. "We want them to know how to be able to do it themselves and feel comfortable doing it when they leave.”

At previous car seat inspections, technicians have noticed four out of every five child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Therefore, Cote recommends getting your car seat or booster checked by the professionals because it could save your child's life if you get into an accident.