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4/30/2012 6:39:00 PM
Car seat safety gets a boost, fatalities fewer
Shelly Tansey, left, a child passenger safety technician with the Kathryn Weil Center for Education, checks the car seats in back seat of Mary Clawson's car, in Lafayette. / By Brent Drinkut/Journal & Courier
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Shelly Tansey, left, a child passenger safety technician with the Kathryn Weil Center for Education, checks the car seats in back seat of Mary Clawson's car, in Lafayette. / By Brent Drinkut/Journal & Courier

Taya Flores, Journal and Courier

Although Mary Clawson has never been in a car accident with her 2-year-old son in tow, she has taken precautions to make sure he and her unborn child are safe while she drives on the road. Mary recently had four car seats inspected at a local car seat clinic in Lafayette.

“I worry that it just doesn’t feel right,” said Mary, 29, of Lafayette. “Sometimes, I feel like it’s too loose or it’s coming loose. That’s why I wanted to get it checked. It’s just better, more peace of mind.”

Although death rates from motor vehicle crashes among children dropped by 41 percent in the past decade (2000-2009), crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury death for children, ages birth to 19, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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