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The Centers for Disease Control reports that placing children in age and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half. But that's only if the child restraint system is used correctly.

One study found that both car and booster seats are misused 72 percent of the time. Here's a look at the right way to keep little passengers safe.

"You can't take a baby home from a hospital without having a car seat," says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "That first car seat is, of course, rear-facing because that is the safest way for babies, to be rear-facing. And make sure that you are keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible because that's the safest place for them." 

When you do turn your seat around and they're forward-facing, you want to be mindful about what your car seat requirements say about height and weight. 

"The third stage is for booster seats and they are very important for a simple reason. Kids aren't of a size, they're not usually big enough to accommodate a seat belt," says Carr.

Carr also says no matter what type of child restraint system you're using, it's very important to make sure it's fitted properly into your vehicle.

"So many car seats are not installed correctly. You'd be astounded at the number and how high, but anyone who's had to put one in lately would understand why exactly so many people get it wrong," says Carr.

If you want to get that car seat installed properly, you can find a car seat technician in your local area by visiting Safekids.org.

"We're the certifying body for 35,000 car seat technicians across the United States," says Carr. "They are able to help you not only be sure that you have it in there correctly, but teach you how to put it in correctly."

And here's one more important safety tip: Child passengers should never be seated in front of an airbag. Airbags can injure or kill children in a crash they may have survived.

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