Is your child safe in the car?

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - New data released overnight finds more Michigan parents are allowing young children to sit in the front seat, when they should be in the back.

The new survey from Triple A comes on the heels of another new report, released during this National Child Passenger Safety Week, that says more kids are dying in car crashes.

The survey from Triple A of Michigan found 76% of parents statewide allow kids age 12 or younger to sit up front. That's happening even though safety experts say children should at least be 13-years-old before they ride in the front.

Child safety seats are another concern.

Experts recommend all infants and toddlers to be in rear-facing seats until at least age two. Safety experts say parents are too anxious to put young children in forward facing seats.

Also this week, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning released a new kids ID sticker.

It's something they say should be on all kids car seats. The updated sticker allows you to write down your child's name, medical information and more, something first responders rely on in case of a crash.

Speaking of crashes, there has been a dramatic spike in the number of children dying in car crashes.

"Data from 2015 recently released indicated that there was a 10% increase in fatalities for children under the age of 13," says Kate Carr with SafeKids.Org

Check to make sure your car seat is safely secured, and for kids 2 and under, it should be rear facing.

Some good news, Triple A did find that around 95% of Michigan parents are using a child safety seat for their young kids.

You can get your car seat checked to make sure that it is installed correctly Saturday morning in St. Johns. Sparrow is hosting a car seat check at the Sparrow Clinton branch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can also get your car seat checked every Tuesday by appointment at Sparrow from 7 a.m. to 2 pm. Call 517-364-3760.

If you would like a safety sticker for your child's car seat, go to one of these safety check events or click on the link in this story.



 
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