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CDC launches new campaign on vehicle child safety

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the major cause of child car deaths was failure to secure the child with a seat belt or using a car seat.

Cpl. Sheridan Watts with Jonesboro Police said he's worked many accidents where a child was not restrained at all or improperly buckled up.

"Children who are not restrained at all risk being ejected from the vehicle, or the vehicle rolling over them and things of that nature," said Watts. "We've seen that here in Jonesboro."

Watts said national statistics show that 85 percent of kids are buckled in wrong, but he believes that percentage is even higher based on what's he noticed at car seat safety clinics.

"Anytime there is a harnessing error or something like that and the child isn't properly buckled in, then you're going to see a head injury or a spinal cord injury," said Watts.

The right car seat can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your child.

"All seats have to meet the minimum motor vehicle standards, but they need to get the one that fits their child, fits in the vehicle correctly and one that can be easily used every time," said Watts.

Valerie Ponder is a local mom who said properly installing car seats can be frustrating, but it's worth it if it's protecting your child.

"Don't let a moment of frustration take your child's life from you," said Ponder.

For a link on our story how to properly install a car seat click here.

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