Phoenix Vice-Mayor Bill Gates hosted a free car seat safety event along with the Phoenix Fire Department and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety on Saturday.
At the event, certified car seat technicians properly installed car seats and performed seat checks.
Many children are injured or killed in car accidents every year because they’re not properly restrained inside the vehicle. Firefighters say these tragedies can be easily prevented by making sure your child’s safety seat is installed correctly.
“If you’re not in the seat the correct way, you can still get injured in a crash,” said Capt. Robert Johnson of the Phoenix Fire Department. “If you’re 6 or 7-years-old, you need a booster seat to fit the seatbelts. Now if you’re 5 and under, you really can’t fit the seatbelts, so you have to be in a car seat properly restrained.”
During previous car seat inspections, the Phoenix Fire Dept. found that 4 out of every 5 car seats are installed incorrectly and one third of children were found to be riding in the wrong restraints for their age and size.
GARDENDALE, Alabama – In addition to buying fruits and vegetables,
parents will have the opportunity to make sure their children’s car seats are
secure and meet regulations at the Gardendale Farmers Market this
The Gardendale Fire Department will be offering free child
safety seat checks during the market, from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Gardendale
Also, a tent will be set up with various activities and
giveaways for any kids who visit the market.
The Gardendale Farmers Market will be held Thursday, June 13
from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Civic Center. For more information on the Gardendale
Farmers Market, visit gardendalefarmersmarket.com.
LANSING (AP) - Michigan drivers may no longer be let off the hook if child passengers aren’t in a safety seat.
Under a bill passed 92 to 16 Tuesday by the Republican-led state House, judges would no longer be required to waive the court penalties for not having a safety seat.
Violators now can avoid up to $103 in fines and court costs if they buy a child safety seat before their court date.
Supporters say repeat offenders borrow or rent car seats for the hearing.
Michigan requires children under age 4 to be secured in a safety seat and children under age 8 to be in a booster seat.
The Senate previously approved the bill and it now returns to that chamber for final approval.
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Parents need to catch up to the safety advances in car seats and learn how to install them correctly, according to a study released this week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Although all vehicles and car seats made since 2002 come with an anchor and simple strap meant to keep a car seat from tipping forward, the safety feature gets used just a little more than half the time. Consumer Reports’ dynamic testing of car seats clearly shows that using the strap for forward-facing child restraints significantly reduces the potential for injury.
Unfortunately, this message is not getting across to parents and caregivers. In its survey, the IIHS looked at 479 vehicles that included a forward-facing child restraint in suburban areas across the country. It found that the top tether and anchor was used only 56 percent of the time. Although this is an improvement over previous studies, it’s still far from a best practice. Parents gave the following reasons for not using the top tether and anchor:
- 22 percent didn’t know it was there.
- 15 percent didn’t know how to use it.
- 13 percent didn’t have enough time to connect it.
- 10 percent thought it wasn’t important or needed.
- 9 percent were unsure of where to attach it.
- 8 percent didn’t know they had an anchor.
The reasons don’t come as a surprise to us. The top tether is a key part of the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) that enables car seats to be installed more easily and more securely. While the lower anchors, which fasten the car seat to the vehicle seat, are typically used more often, the top tether anchor is often ignored. One reason may be that the tethers are not required for installation of rear-facing seats so when a child is ready to face forward, the strap isn’t considered necessary. Another is that the anchor is in different locations or may be difficult to identify or find in different vehicles. In sedans the top tethers are typically located on the rear shelf but they may not be as easy to find in SUVs, hatchbacks or minivans where they may be on the seat back, in the floor, ceiling or under the seat.
In the survey, the IIHS found that when the top tethers were used, 31 percent were installed incorrectly. The most common mistakes involved loose straps, incorrect routing and twisted straps. One of four drivers in the study admitted that they had trouble using the tethers. That’s why we recommend that you always read the owner’s manual for both your car seat and your car. Another place to get help is at a child safety checkpoint; to find an event check safekids.org.
Based on our car seat tests, we believe that top tethers should be used for all forward-facing child seats whether the seat is installed using the lower anchors or the vehicle’s seat belts.
SIERRA VISTA — Families with young children can have their car seats checked for correct installation for free at a special safety event on Saturday.
In the Food City parking lot beginning at 9 a.m., area firefighters and their “citizen safety seat students” will ensure that drivers have correctly installed their car seats at no cost, said Mike Quarto, firefighter/paramedic with the Sierra Vista Fire Department.
Quarto said the fire department regularly hosts classes held by Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization which provides for the training and certification of child passenger safety technicians.
Several local people who have been attending the course will be on hand to put their new skills to the test, under the supervision of local certified instructors.
The event will continue through 12:30 p.m. and it is asked that parents bring their children as well as their car seats to ensure a proper installation can be done.
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It turns out that child safety seats are only safe if they are installed properly.
Safety was the name of the game this weekend at Billion Auto Group as Bozeman Firefighters and Child Care Connections held a child seat safety clinic…giving parents a chance to make sure their kids are tucked in nice and tight.
The numbers are impressive…child safety seats can reduce a fatal injury by 71-percent for infants and 54-percent for toddlers…
Trained car seat technicians at the clinic checked to make sure the seats were installed correctly and the kids were buckled in right.
“About four in five car seats that come into a clinic or that are checked are installed improperly or that the child buckled into them improperly,” says Patrick McLaughlin of the Montana Highway Patrol.
Amanda Dreadin brought her vehicle in so that both her sons safety seats could be checked and she’s glad she did. “We learned that we didn’t have the seat in right with his…the strap wasn’t in the right spot… so it’s a lot more secure now.”
There are a number of fitting stations across the Gallatin Valley…if you’d like to make an appointment to get your child safety seats checked, call Child Care Connections at 587-7786.
By Pam Jones
Local Baton Rouge Personal Injury Attorney Gordon McKernan is bringing awareness to children’s safety in motor vehicles by giving away 94 free car seats. Gordon Gives is proud to announce the giveaway just in time for Summer driving.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 – 14. Research also shows that when used correctly, child safety and booster seats are extremely effective and can reduce the risk of injury and death in crashes.
The alarming statistics and his own experience handling car wrecks prompted McKernan to donate the seats. All too often parents receive and re-use car seats because they can’t afford to purchase new ones. What they don’t realize is car seat companies are constantly updating car seats with new safety features and enhancements. When a parent uses an old one, they aren’t up-to-date with safety regulations, thus putting the child at a higher risk for harm if in a crash.
Parents or parents to be in need of a car seat can enter to win at one of the following websites: www.gordongives.com, www.getgordon.com or www.max94one.com or by tuning in daily on 94.1 FM. Participants can also follow us Facebook, Twitter or Google+ for other opportunities to enter and win in the free 94 Car Seat Giveaway for spring 2013 contest. The contest is underway unti May 22.
*Winners must be available on May 24 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. to pick up their new car seats at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, 5630 Bankers Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA. Please note that delivery and/or shipping are not available.
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DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. — If you’re driving with children in car seats, you may want to stop by the Beekman Fire House in Dutchess County. Health Quest is hosting the first of two child safety seat checks.
Certified safety technicians will be on hand at the fire department to make sure your child’s safety seat is properly fitted and installed. The technicians will even help you determine the best type of seat for your child as they continue to grow.
Friday’s safety check is held from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. For more information or to schedule a time, call 475-9742.
Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:45 am
Child safety check Friday at Batavia Fire Headquarters
The City of Batavia Fire and Police Departments will hold a free child safety seat check event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Fire Headquarters (18 Evans St.), rain or shine.
Nationally-certified technicians will be on hand to answer questions, check recalls, and assist with making sure all seats are installed correctly.
Parents should remember to bring both the car seat and the child so that proper instruction/installation can be done.
Did you know three out of four car seats aren’t used correctly? Surprised? Stop down this Friday, to the event and ensure your children are traveling safely.
For more information contact City Fire Headquarters at 585-345-6375.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:45 am.
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Submitted by Howard Owens on March 25, 2013 – 2:29pm
On Friday, March 29, 2013, (Good Friday), the City of Batavia Fire Police Departments will hold a Free Child Safety Seat Check Event at Fire Headquarters (18 Evans St.) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Nationally certified technicians will be on hand to answer questions, check recalls, and assist with making sure all seats are installed correctly. Parents should remember to bring both the car seat and the child so that proper instruction/installation can be done.
Did you know three out of four car seats aren’t used correctly? Surprised? Stop down this Friday, March 29 to our event and ensure your children are traveling safely.
For more information contact City Fire Headquarters at 345-6375.
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