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Emergency departments not doing enough to educate parents about car seat safety

Each year, more than 130,000 children younger than 13 are treated in U.S. emergency departments after motor-vehicle crash-related injuries. Each of these visits offer a chance to pass along tips for proper use of child passenger restraints, but a new study from the University of Michigan indicates emergency departments may not be taking advantage of those opportunities.

Few kids use recommended safety restraints in cars

Despite the fact that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children older than three years in the U.S., new research has found that many children are not using age-appropriate safety restraints and many are placed at risk by riding in the front seat.