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Conference Celebrates 30 Years of Car Seat Safety

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Parents, you may think you've got children's safety under your belt...

but there are always new things to learn when it comes to car seats.

Stephanie Scheurer tells us just how child passenger safety has changed in the last 30 years.

It's a routine parents do every day...

Take their children in and out of car seats, buckling and unbuckling them.

But it's a routine that is necessary to your child's safety.

The North Dakota Department of Health's Child Passenger Safety Program is celebrating 30 years of buckling up children.

"I oftentimes have people say that you know we survived as children without car seats and, you know, why do we need to put our kids in car seats. And I think I oftentimes use the example that you know when you were younger or your grandparents were younger we didn't have penicillin either. But now when we get a cold, you're the first ones in the doctor's office looking for something to make you feel better, keep you healthier, ways to keep you safer," says Carma Hanson, Conference Participant.

"I think people are surprised at the transition. A lot of people remember either riding unrestrained. A lot of people remember standing on the seat, lying in the shelf in the back of it," says Carol Meidinger, Child Passenger Safety Consultant.

Standup: "Back in the 1950s and 60s, car seats were made basically just to contain a child and keep them from bothering the driver. Now, you can clearly see how these car seats have evolved throughout the years and have changed along with technology and new safety standards."

"A lot of the people who are attending the conference are under 30 years of age and so they've left the hospital in a car seat because that was when the law started. And they've graduated to seatbelts and now their children are riding in car seats. So buckling up kids for them has become societal norm," says Meidinger.

And it's a societal norm that is sure to continue...

Because after all, your children's safety is not expensive, it's priceless.

In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

Meidinger says their biggest message they give to parents is to be sure to read the car seat instructions and look at your vehicle owners manual.

Every car seat is different and every vehicle has different information on how the car seat should be installed.

The conference is also held tomorrow, October 2nd, from 7am to 4pm.

It's open to anyone interested in promoting child passenger safety in North Dakota.

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