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DPS releases dash cam videos to highlight car seat safety

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COON RAPIDS, Minn. (KMSP) -

Until now, dash cam video from the city of Ramsey has been reserved for police training across the state. Now, the Department of Public Safety is publicly releasing footage with the hope that it will get parents' attention during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

The video shows a father pulled over on Highway 10 with his three little girls -- ages 10, 7 and 5 --sitting in the back of his flatbed truck. The girls are between two kayaks with a one-inch webbing tie down across their laps.

"It's one of those things where that was a extreme case, but we all have seen these things," said Heather Darby, DPS Car Seat Safety Expert.

This week marks National Child Passenger Safety Week. Child car seat check points are expected to be busy across the metro, including one in Coon Rapids. Parents lined up and were eager to correct their own child safety or booster seat mistakes.

"I didn't know there was an expiration on car seats," admitted Michelle Zylka, mother of two.

Darby says the most common mistake parents make is switching their children from rear-facing seats to front-facing seats too early. Ideally, children should be two years old or at least 20 pounds before that happens.

"We had to scratch what we thought and completely redo to make sure they are all safe," said Patty Jansen who has two kids and is expecting her third.

Another big mistake is moving students out of booster seats. Law requires children under 8 years old to be in a booster, but experts recommend anyone 4'9" or shorter should be in a booster seat.

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