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Officials go over installing child safety seats

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - According to the National Highway Safety Administration, three out of four child safety seats are installed incorrectly.

Wednesday morning, Clifton Park Ambulance, along with State Police and Cornell Cooperative Extension, invited parents and grandparents to their station to show them how to install safety seats properly.

They say the objective is to have the seat so tight that there is an extremely small amount of side to side movement. For most people, that requires climbing on top of the car seat and using the majority of your body weight to push it down. 

Right now, you're allowed to twist the buckle three times in order to shorten it up the belt a little bit. That allows you to get the locking clip and the latch in the proper position. A single person would have an extremely difficult time doing this on their own, officials said Wednesday.

They say it is best, if possible, to use a center installation in order to get a complete crumple zone, in the case of a collision.

People generally just are not aware of the right ways to install car seats, so the goal Wednesday was to educate, and put the right information in front of people, so that they can install, and fit their kids in correctly. For more information on how this is done visit www.safeny.com or www.cphmems.org.

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