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1 in 3 children who died in a car accident during the past decade was not properly secured

Once children are able to sit forward-facing in their car seat, that is what they should use until they reach the height and weight limits of their seat. Then they should use booster seats until they are about 4 feet 9 inches tall.

Child deaths in car crashes have declined by 43% over the last ten years.

But the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there's still work to do.

The CDC says one in three children 12 or younger that die in a car accident is still not properly restrained.

Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz is with the CDC.   She says parent education and car seat distribution help make sure more children are buckled up properly, and she supports Michigan's car seat laws.

“Child passenger restraint laws that increase the age for car-seat or booster-seat use result in getting more children buckled up,” says Sauber-Schatz.

Kids in Michigan must be in a car seat until age four, and in either a booster seat or a car seat until age eight.

The CDC report shows about 12 children die in car crashes each week in the United States.

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Public since May 2007.
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