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The Missoula Rural Fire Department will be showing parents how to safely install children's car seats Saturday at Rural Fire Station 1, 2521 South Ave. W.

Parents and caregivers must bring their child, vehicle and seat to the department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for proper fitting. Appointments are required. 

The event will mark the culmination of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which encourages parents to register car seats with the manufacturer online or by mail and to do their homework on car seats already in use. 

In 2014, more than 6 million car seats were recalled for safety defects, according research funded by Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation, but fewer than half of them received the necessary repair. 

Dannette Fadness of Safe Kids Missoula said the best way for parents to learn about a recall is to register seats with manufacturers.

"Unfortunately, this important first step doesn't happen nearly enough," Fadness said. "During Child Passenger Safety Week, we want to remind all parents to register their car seats and take action when a recall occurs. This is a cost-free remedy the manufacturer provides – and must provide – to protect your child."

To register a car seat with a manufacturer, visit safercar.gov/parents. To find out if a car seat has been recalled, visit bit.ly/recalledseats.

To make an appointment for a free installation at the Missoula Rural Fire Department on Saturday, call 549-6172. 

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