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Car seat safety

Anyone who is in the market for a baby car seat knows just how overwhelming shopping for one can be.

Should you buy a rear-facing one or the kind that faces forward? What about the weight limits? And the harness systems?

Carseat The most important thing to know is that using one is a MUST. It's the law in Florida and every other state.

Every year thousands of babies and children are killed in car crashes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Using car safety seats and seat belts correctly can help you prevent that from happening.

Here are some tips from the AAP: 

- Always use a car safety seat, starting with your  baby's first trip home from the hospital.

- Never place a child in a rear-facing seat in the front seat of a car.

- All children 13 and younger should sit in the backseat of a car, where they are safest.

Because the seats are sometimes complicated to install, there are several licensed safety seat inspection sites throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Among them: the Broward County Health Department, Miami Children's Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Take the time to get the car seat installed by a professional. It could be a lifesaver later on.

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Maya Partlow

A lot of young people are involved in accidents on the road. People must think about getting safety precautions like this in case accidents happen. You can never tell how safe you are once outside the house.

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