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It’s a familiar routine: strapping your child into the car seat before you get behind the wheel—but, is your child really safe?

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In the last ten years, 43 children under the age of ten have died in motor vehicle crashes in Montana.

Montana law requires all children under age six and weighing less than 60 lbs. to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends keeping children in their car seats for as long as possible before moving them to the next type of car seat. Many children are not tall enough to graduate from a booster seat to a lap and shoulder belt alone until they are at least 4’9” tall, which is about eight years or older.