POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 ---- 4:00 p.m.
It's the cause of hundreds of thousands of injuries in children each year- using a car seat the wrong way. Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States; but a lot of injuries can be prevented, and it begins with a safe car seat.
"When you grab it down by the belt cap, it should not move more than an inch," said Safe Kids Coordinator Nicole Vesely.
Before you buy, health professionals are sending out a warning about car and booster seats.
"Say you bought it at a garage sale, and you don't know the history of it, it's not safe to use because you don't know if it's been in a car crash," Vesely added.
If it's been in an accident, it can jeopardize what a car seat is supposed to do in the event of a crash. They also have a shelf life that parents should stick to, to make sure kids are as safe as possible before hitting the road.
"Most car seats are good for six years. They are making a few that have a longer expiration of eight or ten years, but we say rule of thumb is six years of when the manufacturer states the date," she said.
Another rule to follow, always be cautious and do your research before making a purchase.
Vesely added, "there's a lot of car seats out there as well that are being sold that are already expired."
Experts recommend keeping your kids in a booster seat until they're at least 4'9" or can properly wear a seat belt. If you're looking to get rid of your old car seats, you'll have a chance this weekend. Car seat recycle day will be held this Saturday, from 9am until noon in the parking lots outside of Kohl's on Madison's east and west side.