Phoenix Vice-Mayor Bill Gates hosted a free car seat safety event along with the Phoenix Fire Department and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety on Saturday.
At the event, certified car seat technicians properly installed car seats and performed seat checks.
Many children are injured or killed in car accidents every year because they're not properly restrained inside the vehicle. Firefighters say these tragedies can be easily prevented by making sure your child's safety seat is installed correctly.
"If you're not in the seat the correct way, you can still get injured in a crash," said Capt. Robert Johnson of the Phoenix Fire Department. "If you're 6 or 7-years-old, you need a booster seat to fit the seatbelts. Now if you're 5 and under, you really can't fit the seatbelts, so you have to be in a car seat properly restrained."
During previous car seat inspections, the Phoenix Fire Dept. found that 4 out of every 5 car seats are installed incorrectly and one third of children were found to be riding in the wrong restraints for their age and size.