As parents, we do everything we possibly can to make sure our kids are safe. I remember when I was pregnant, we researched the heck out of car seats to make sure that we got the one that was the best with the highest safety rating. My husband went through great pains and asked a bunch of friends and relatives to make sure that the seat was installed the right way in our car, and since then, he’s been the one to go over and help friends install their car seats. I’d imagine that most expectant parents go through the same process as we did. But still, during 2011, nearly 2 children under 13 were killed and 338 were injured every day while riding in automobiles during 2011*. And three our of every four car seats are not used correctly**. These are some scary statistics that I never want to be a part of.
On Saturday, September 21, (that’s this coming Saturday), Nassau County will have a free child safety seat check-up at the Nassau County Child Safety Fitting Station (170 Cantiague Rock Road, Hicksville). Drive in with your car seat between 10am and 2pm and have a certified child passenger safety technicians inspect your car seats to make sure they are properly installed and learn from them as they give advice on how to choose the right car seats and install them properly.
This event is free to the public (you don’t need to be a Nassau County resident to participate) and is part of National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15 through 21) and National Seat Check Saturday, all geared to improve the safety of New York’s children. Parents will also be able to feel confident that their kids are riding as safely as possible.
If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can also attend car seat inspections or check-up events held throughout the year at the same address. For more information about child passenger safety and to make an appointment to have your seat checked, contact Traffic Safety at 516.571.9664.
* Based on U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data in 2011
**According to the NHTSA