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90% of Rutherford Co. residents install child safety seats improperly

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© Sgt. Jimmy Cassidy demonstrates how to properly install a child safety seat © Sgt. Jimmy Cassidy demonstrates how to properly install a child safety seat

More than 90 percent of Rutherford County resident install child safety seats improperly, putting the lives of their children in danger, according to sheriff's officials.

The department received two car seat demonstrators this morning which will be used for training parents. 

Nissan, North America safety engineers fabricated the seats and donated them to the sheriff's office CARS program or Children Are Riding Safely. 

The sheriff also announced a new training program for deputies, where they will take a 10-hour class on how to properly install child safety seats.

"When I was a new father I didn't know what I was doing, I never put one in so I had to get it checked out as well," Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold said. "So whenever someone gets stopped or someone could just come up to an officer at a store or flag one down and say hey is this safety seat in properly, and the officer can say let's check it out and know what he's talking about."

Nissan also promotes child seat safety as part of their Snug Kids Child Safety Seat program. 

Remember in Tennessee state law requires babies from birth to age 1 weighing 20 pounds or less to ride in a rear-facing child seat. 

Toddlers up to age 4 must ride in a forward-facing safety seat. 

Children ages 4 to 9 are required to ride in a booster seat or until they reach 4 feet 9 inches in height.

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