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Special Report: Safety in the Seat

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We all know things like food and medicine expire, but did you know of another item that expires which increases your child's chances of injury in you're in an accident?

Madisonville Firefighter Blake Boyd is used to multi-tasking and preparing equipment for potential disasters. He is never scared on the job, but one thing does have him shaking in his boots.

"I am nervous, but I'm also very excited," said Blake.

Fatherhood.

For Blake and his wife, a new born means spending lots of money on the essentials but when family offered to pass down previously used items they were weary of using one particular safety device.

"My wife had told me she had heard from somebody at her work that car seats expire," said Blake. "So I started to look into it and I did find that out. Whenever we got the ones from them and they actually did expire 6 or 7 months ago."

"Most seats are made out of plastic and that plastic can deteriorate," said Morgan Scaggs. "It is exposed to extremes in temperature, cold and warm, as well as ultraviolet radiation light it is exposed to. If you've ever seen a child's plastic toy left out in the sun you can see how overtime they discolor, they become brittle and they crack. We are very concerned that the same thing can happen to your child's safety seat."

Experts with the Kentucky Board of EMS said parent's misconceptions of safety seat expiration dates could have dangerous consequences.

"The fear is if they continue to use a seat, pass the recommended date, it could fail," said Morgan. "It can fail in a way that would lead to greater injury and a chance of death for the child."

It is important to look at the labels on the bottom of the seat and when it was manufactured, not when you bought it. The Kentucky Board of EMS said most car seats expire 6 years after that date.

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