AUDIO: Child Passenger Safety Week

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Sep 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States.

The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.

That's the word Heather Darby is trying to get out this week, which is "Child Passenger Safety Week."

Darby is the child passenger safety coordinator with the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety. She says kids should ride in the back seat of a vehicle until they're 13 years old. 

And Darby says children should be in a rear-facing child restraint seat until they're both 20 pounds and one year old. She says studies have shown a child in a rear-facing seat is five times safer if they're involved in an accident.

More information on child safety restraints can be found on line at

Darby says kids should ride in the back seat until they reach age 13

Darby says for infants, restraint seats should always be rear facing

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