Center for Childhood Safety (CCS) will host a free community car seat check event on Saturday, September 23 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Broadway Automotive (2700 S Ashland Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304). The event is part of National Seat Check Saturday, a day dedicated to teaching parents and caregivers about the importance of correctly choosing, installing, and using car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians, who’ve completed coursework as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will work with parents and caregivers to identify and correct potential car seat installation problems while giving hands-on education on safety best practices. They will also explain the importance of registering the seats with the manufacturer so caregivers can be notified if there is a recall.
“Installing a car seat should be simple, but with 300 makes and models of car seats on the market and more than 100 different seat belt configurations, installing a seat correctly can be a challenge,” says Kimberly Hess, Executive Director, Center for Childhood Safety. “No parent wants to get it wrong when it comes to their child’s safety. That’s why we’re hosting this car seat check event on National Seat Check Saturday.”
Car crashes are a leading killer of children, and the latest research from the U.S. Department of Transportation and NHTSA shows that nearly two out of three of car seats are misused. Using age- and size-appropriate car seats and installing them correctly are the best ways to reduce these deaths.
National Seat Check Saturday is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from September 17-23, 2017. The week is dedicated to teaching parents and caregivers about the importance of child passengers riding in vehicles safely.
For more information on the car seat check or for general childhood safety information, please call the Center for Childhood Safety at (920) 272-0110 or visit www.ccsgb.org. CCS aims to eliminate all preventable childhood injuries and accidents that lead to disabilities and death through improved education and public awareness. The Center for Childhood Safety is Northeast Wisconsin’s leading resource for injury prevention.