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Brenengen Chevrolet offers free car seat checks

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Onalaska, WI (WXOW) -

Brenengen Chevrolet in Onalaska offered free car seat fitting stations on Thursday to help parents keep their children safe.

The auto center runs the lessons the first Thursday of every month in West Salem, and the second Thursday of every month at its Onalaska location. The idea to run the stations arose after noticing the need to train parents in the La Crosse area according to the county's health department.

"The national statistic is something that three out of four car seats are misused, locally we found that it's closer to nine out of ten, so this year, 2016 to date, every car seat that we've seen except for one has been used incorrectly," said Maggie Smith, La Crosse County Health Educator said.

She added there are many ways that a car seat can be used incorrectly, and it's important to recognize problems so parents can keep their children safe. 

"There's a lot of different ways a car seat can be misused. Car seats expire, they can be recalled, your child might be over the weight or the height limit, but most commonly we see issues with fitting the child in to the harness correctly, or fitting the seat into your vehicle correctly," added Smith.

These common mistakes can all be fixed, Smith said, to keep your child safe. 

For more information, visit Get Active La Crosse.   

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