Are your kids strapped in correctly?

By Beau Ebenezer

Are your kids strapped in correctly?

September 22, 2012 Updated Sep 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- If you're a parent with a small child, you may not be quite sure if you have your child strapped into their car seat right.

In order to educate parents about this, the Children's Hospital of Illinois gave out free seat checks at the Morton Fire Department.

It was all part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

There are a total of 90 events state wide making sure parents are strapping in their young ones correctly.

Officials say 4 out of 5 car seats installed incorrectly in Illinois.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an average of 2 children were killed and 325 injured in 2010

Participants say it is important to stay up to date on car-seats.

"A lot of people don't know how to do it correctly or its changed over the years, so they come back and relearn it. Every car seat and every manufacturer is a little different," said, Firefighter/EMT, Josh Graham.

"We get an owners manual with the car seat but yet we don't know if we always follow it and we want our children to be in the safest seats they can be," said mother, Colette Willoughby.

The sponsors for the event were AAA and IDOT.

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