(WTVM) - In light of the accident that claimed the life of a 15-month-old Columbus boy, we want to make sure parents know how to properly secure a child in a car seat.
Car accident injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States.
Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in cars by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to-4 years old.
You may not know it, but it's the law to have children properly restrained. We spoke with Sergeant Tim Wynn with the Columbus Police Department on this incident.
"There are children I'm sure that can get out of their car seat and unbuckle them if you see how they buckle," said Sgt. Wynn. "All states say that they must be in a child restraint, buckled in the seat itself, just because you have the seat buckled in, its not always proper, properly."
If you have questions about how to use your car seat, Safe Kids Columbus offers car seat checks with certified child passenger safety technicians.
The next one is coming up is Tuesday May 21. In general, they are the first Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the third Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fire Station Number 12 on Cargo Drive. It's by appointment only, so call 706-321-6183.