Child safety seat checks

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BASTROP, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana State Police were in Bastrop on Saturday helping families make sure their child safety seats were properly working.

They say it's estimated that at least three out of four child restraint systems are being misused.

Certified passenger safety technicians were on hand to make sure the seats were age and weight appropriate and also put in cars correctly.

State Police say most of the time the seats are not tightened enough or are not fastened correctly.

"You know it could be the difference between life and death. Honestly if you car seat is not installed in your car correctly and you're involved in a crash and your child is not properly installed in that seat, and your child gets ejected, then they could be seriously injured or killed," says Michael Reichardt with State Police.

They are going to plan more safety checks in other parishes and next month there will be one in Monroe.