"If they're in a rush is another huge reason parent's don't buckle their parents, they're running late, they're out the door. They put the kids in the car, they don't buckle, it only takes one time to change a child's life, a parent's life from an accident," said Kelly Loewellyn, an
Health officials say federally approved car seats must be used until a child is eight years old and a booster seat until about ages 12 to 13.
Parents should also know how to properly install their car seats and feel comfortable doing it in any car.
"So it's really important that all parents really take the time to understand the laws, understand how car seats work and they're properly riding in those seats," said Loewellyn.
Officials say the safest place for child passengers is always in the backseat.
"They are our VIPs, we love our kids, they need to be in the backseat that's the safest spot for them to be in a vehicle. They need to be in the correct seat whether it be rear facing, forward facing, booster seat, " said Loewellyn.
Health officials remind parents car seats expire every six years. They also offer car seat safety checks where they show parents how properly install them. For more information about the next safety check, visit Meritus Health's website by clicking here. Officials are also hosting an event this Saturday with Meritus Health's Trauma and Emergency Services staff at Hoffman Chevrolet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.