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100% of Car Seats Checked at Kaskaskia Event Improperly Installed

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

There was one constant when officials of St. Mary's Hospital and Project Child checked child car seats for proper installation at Kaskaskia College over the weekend.  The Director of Obstetrics at St. Mary's Hospital Pat Baker says 100 percent of those check did not have the seats properly installed.

"The seat may not be in tight enough or have all the pieces on it that it needs to have. Those are the biggest problems we've found" Baker said.

Baker says that can result in movement of the child if the vehicle is involved in a crash.  And how can you avoid the improper installation?

"They would need to read the book that comes with their seat first and follow all of those instructions. Beyond that, they would need someone to look at it who is experienced" Baker said.

Baker says most police departments have someone certified in checking child car seats.  You can also ask for assistance from the OB department at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, which helps install the seats for many new parents.

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