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DHMC event collects children's expired car seats

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Doctors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are warning parents to get expired children's car seats off the road.

Experts say the average life of a car seat for kids is about six years.  Sunday at DHMC, anyone with an old car seat could drop them off free of charge.  The seats will be taken apart and recycled.  It's the second year the Women's Health Resource Center at the hospital has held the event.  Last year they collected about 100 old seats, which organizers say has the potential to save lives.

"It's certainly not going to protect a child like it should, so they certainly could be injured. You know, we've seen some seats come in where the harness straps weren't actually attached on the bottom of the seats, so essentially the parent thought that the child was strapped in but not really, so they could come out of that seat in a crash," said DHMC's Krista Duval.

The event also offered parents the opportunity to have their current car seats inspected -- officials say about 80 percent are improperly installed.  Officials say this years event collected 96 car seats.

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