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The safety steps of car seats

For many drivers, it's their most precious cargo., but there's more to keeping child passengers safe than simply purchasing a car seat.

With so many options, navigating the market for a child's car seat can be confusing. Safety advocates recommend some simple questions before traveling with little ones on board.

Check to make sure you're doing everything right. Is the seat in the right direction, in the right place? Is it the right seat for your child? Do you have the harnesses correct?

After a purchase, parents and caregivers can seek the help of a certified technician to make sure its installed in the car correctly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a car seat inspection station locator on its website.

Hand-me-downs may save money, but an out-of-date car seat may put children at risk.

The other thing that parents may not realize is that car seats expire. There's a certain life time to a car seat. So don't be afraid to check for an expiration date on your car seat and know that if it's been around for awhile, it might be very well be an expired car seat.

Those expiration dates can be found on the seat.

And after children are out of car seats and booster seats parents can continue to keep them safe  by setting a good example.

Our kids will do what they see us do as parents. So parents, if you're not buckling up, it's going to be really hard to keep your child buckled up. So everybody, buckle up every ride, every time.