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Local agencies teach parents how to keep kids safe in cars

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Fire Department and the state's Department of Public Safety held an event Friday morning to highlight the importance of properly installing child safety seats.

Earlier this month three children were ejected from a car because they were not buckled in correctly. Those children were fortunate to survive.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Robert Johnson said many parents buy a child safety seat, read the directions before installing the seat and think the job is done. Johnson said about 7 out of every 10 parents don't install the seats right. He has seen the result of that on many emergency calls.

"The most common mistake I see is that the seat is just not installed tight enough in the vehicle. You can overtighten it but in most cases it's just not tight enough," he said.

Parents who need help installing the seat can call 602-495-KIDS. A firefighter will made available to install the child safety seat properly.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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