BOZEMAN, Mont. - On Thursday people from across the state gathered for the first day of the annual car seat technician course. There were 15 people who participated, looking to become an expert on installing car seats in order to help others. The course is put on by sponsors like Buckle Up Montana and MDT.
On the first day the participants looked closely at where you can find airbags in certain vehicles, reviewed safety manuals, and learned about the proper way to install car seats. Sergeant Patrick McLaughlin with Montana Highway Patrol was there to explain why this is an important course.
"Between 74 and 90 percent misuse of child passenger seats, so the more education we can get out there, the better, there are still a lot of people who show up and just expect them to be installed or they will being their car seat in and they have it backwards or are misusing the strap," said McLaughlin.
We did some research to find just how important car seat safety is. According to the CDC, using a car seat can reduce the risk of death to infants and those one and under by 71 percent. In the U.S. more than 650 children ages 12 and younger died as a result of car crashes back in 2011.
This weekend there will be two car seat clinics open to the public. One will be at Fire Station 3 in Bozeman from 1 to 3 p.m. On Sunday in Belgrade at the Central Valley Fire Station, the clinic will last from 10a.m. to Noon.
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