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Feb 18, 2010 2:15 AM by Bethany Tucker

A car seat safety check was held in San Luis Obispo

In an effort to reduce the number of children hurt in car accidents, local authorities checked out dozens of kids car seats in San Luis Obispo Wednesday.

The checkpoint is a part of National Child Passenger Safety Week. People were able to bring their kid's car seats to Madonna Plaza to make sure they were installing them correctly.

They say there are a few common mistakes parents tend to make, "the main thing that we see primarily is just the seat is too loose," said John Caudill, a technician for the San Luis Obispo Police Department. "What we're looking for ideally is a seat to have no more than an inch of movement at the belt path. If we see more than that, then that's too loose. We want them in there so they're not bouncing around like they're in a pinball machine."

Authorities say vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury or death among children.

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