ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Parents: are your kids car seats installed the right way to keep them safe?
A lot of them are not and that could be deadly. That is why New Mexico and Safer New Mexico Now are teaming up to check out your seats Monday for free.
Car seats are designed to shield a child from harm in the case of an accident.
Although it may look easy to put together, technicians say three out of four car seats nationwide are not installed properly.
The free clinic will be set up at the Kohl's at the Cottonwood Corners Shopping Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
Certified technicians will adjust your car seat if necessary and show you how to do it yourself. They will also make sure your car seat is not expired and make sure the straps are not too loose.
One parent told KRQE News 13 at a clinic like this last week that she learned that her child's car seat should face the rear for two years only.
"I think it's a really good service they're doing for out future little adults here. One day hopefully they can do the same,” said Victoria Bal.
If your child is under 7-years-old and weighs less than 60 pounds, you are required by state law to put them in a car seat.
Besides car seats, do not forget booster seats. If your kids are 12-years-old and younger and the seat belt does not fit them properly, the law says they have to use a booster seat.
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