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September 19
Wake Offers Free Car Seat Checks to Help Keep Children Safe

Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 is involved in a motor vehicle accident, and, too often, children are in car seats that are installed incorrectly or not appropriate for the child's age and size. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that almost 60 percent of car seats are used improperly.

In partnership with Safe Kids Wake County, Wake County Human Services will provide free car seat checks during Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 18–24. At the events, parents and caregivers will learn how to choose and correctly install car or booster seats for their children.

"As parents and caregivers, it's our job to keep our children safe," said Suzanne LeDoyen, Wake County public health educator. "We encourage people to visit our free car seat check events so they know how to buckle their kids in safely before every trip in the car."

Car seat checks will be held on the following days:

NHTSA recommends keeping children rear facing as long as possible, up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only "infant" car seat, he or she should travel in a rear-facing "convertible" or all-in-one car seat. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing size limits, the child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seats with harness, children should be placed in booster seats until they are the right size to use seat belts safely.

Parents should also register car and booster seats with the car seat manufacturer to be notified in the event of a recall. Learn more about car seat safety and locate a certified seat check technician at www.safercar.gov/parents.





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