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Most parents learning to use car seats by 'just figuring it out'

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The study also revealed parents most often learned to use car seats by reading the instruction manual or "just figuring it out." The study also revealed parents most often learned to use car seats by reading the instruction manual or "just figuring it out."

(WMC-TV) - It is proven child safety seats save lives, but they can not do that if parents ignore state laws and proven safety recommendations. A new study shows that is happening much more in one segment of the population than the other.

The study by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor found parents of nonwhite children are less likely to properly restrain their children.

White parents were three to four times more likely to use car seats and researchers do not know why. Parents' education and income did not explain the racial differences found in the study. Even if they are using car seats, researchers are worried parents are not using them correctly.

The study also revealed parents most often learned to use car seats by reading the instruction manual or "just figuring it out." They asked help from friends, family, doctors, or nurses.

The most common source of information was the Internet, which was used more often by white parents.

State laws vary and don not always line up with the best recommendations by pediatric groups that emphasize picking a seat based on size and not necessarily age.

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