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Are you strapping your child in correctly?
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
How safe are your children when they ride in a car seat?
One study shows 72 percent of cars and booster seats were misused in ways that could increase a child's risk of injury in a crash.
Sunday afternoon, on MLK and Franklin in Beaumont, two children were ejected from a car involved in an accident and one of them was in a car seat.
The correct way to buckle up your child to reduce the risk takes a few extra minutes but could be worth the time.
How often do you put your toddler in a car seat?
"I just click her thing into the seat and then pull it back out when I'm ready to go so I don't have to do too much to get her in and out of the car," Angelica Knowles, a first time mother says.
What may seem second nature might actually be unsafe for your child.
Video from a crash Sunday afternoon shows the aftermath of a heavy collision.
Two children were ejected, one of them was buckled in, but not properly.
"When you put the seat belt in and tighten it, you shouldn't be able to move that seat more than an inch from side to side," Trooper Stephanie Davis with the Texas Department of Public Safety says.
It's just one of the things Trooper Davis says could've gone wrong.
"If it's this loose if you're talking about an impact of a crash, it's very easy for him or her to come out," Trooper Davis says.
It's a risk this new mother says haunts her every time she straps in her four-month-old.
"I don't want to be that parent that could've done a little something extra to make sure that my child was safe and I didn't and something happened to her because she's the most important thing in my life," Knowles says.
A feeling shared by another mother we met also strapping in her baby girl.
"If I had an accident and I didn't have her buckled up and took the time to buckle her in with all the little fastens I just don't know what I would do," Hannah Hemmingway, also a first time mother said.
And it's making sure the child is buckled in properly that Trooper Davis wants all parents to take note of.
"What I'm looking for on a shoulder strap is I can't pinch this harness, if I can pinch it with my fingers, then it's entirely too loose," Trooper Davis says.
A few extra steps to ensure the difference between the life and death of your child.
"Any extra steps to keep my child safe is worth it, definitely," Knowles said.
If you're interested in learning how to buckle up your child properly, you can visit any local police or fire department or make an appointment with a Trooper at the Department of Public Safety.