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Mississippi ranks #1 per capita in child hot car deaths

Safe Kids Worldwide is bringing parents easy-to-access expert advice to protect their children in cars by launching the Ultimate Car Seat Guide. Safe Kids Mississippi, the Mississippi Association of Highway Safety Leaders and the state Office of Highway Safety will host a kick-off for Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 17-23, by offering the guide.

With more than 2,600 children under 13 involved in a car crash every day, or one child every 33 seconds, parents need to be extra vigilant about keeping kids safe in cars.

While most families put kids in car seats, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 59% of car seats are not installed correctly. In 2017, American Academy of Pediatrics reported Mississippi as ranking first for in the percentage of child fatalities in motor-vehicle crashes due to improper restraints and first per capita for heatstroke deaths in cars.

Additionally, new technologies, including vehicle features to prevent children being left in cars, will be demonstrated, and a temperature display will show how fast the temperature inside a car rises.

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