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Strapping your child in the right way

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Fewer kids are using the recommended safety restraints in the car.

That's according to a study printed in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Researchers also found racial disparities, with black and Hispanic children 10-times less likely to use car seats compared to white children.

Safety experts say often parents don't know the guidelines.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new Guidelines for Passenger Safety in 2011.

They call for rear-facing car seats at least until the age of two.

Also, forward-facing car seats with a five-point harness should be used for as long as possible until the child is the maximum weight and height suggested by the manufacturer.

When it comes to booster seats, they should be used until an adult seat belt fits properly.

Safety experts say that's usually when a child reaches 57" in height, or the average height of an 11-year-old.

The guidelines also recommend kids ride in the back seat until they are 13-years-old.

Click here for a link to events where you can check the installation of your child safety seat and for more safety information.

Click on the camera icon for 27 News' interview with a child safety seat expert.

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