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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Screams of joy are the only kind you want to hear from kids, but Brice and Jill Hansen with their two little ones cant believe that one-fourth of parents admit there are times they put their youngsters in danger and just dont bother to put them in car safety seats. Brice says that would never happen on their road trips.
"Anytime we leave they're buckled up and we buckle up before we ever start the car to set an example for them .. I couldn't imagine not buckling my children in."
Ditto for Michelle Wolrab and her little guy who is 19-months old. She says life can change in an instant.
"I wouldn't ever ever take the chance so yes it is very surprising that people .. think it's not a necessity."
But in 2011 when 680 children died in cars, one-third were not buckled up.
The study also reveals something that maybe isn't surprising when it comes to telling kids that their tough or that theyve been good so they dont have to strap into their car seat. Its men who are more likely to take that risk.
But even with the best intentions from both parents, Cedar Rapids police officer Shannon Stokesberry says two-thirds of them show up at her monthly safety events with critical car seat problems.
"One of the big mistakes is that they just don't have their car seat installed tight enough into the car .. some other mistakes they don't have the harness straps placed properly over the child inside the car seat .. we're really trying to educate educate parents more on that."
Officer Stokesberry says parents also make the mistake of moving their kids out of booster seats before their bodies are large enough to use a regular seat belt. She says even when they are ready to make that move its still a good idea to have children continue to ride in the backseat until theyre 12 or 13 years old for extra safety and protection from air bags.