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September 21-- Safe Kids Toombs & Surrounding Counties announced that certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will offer free car seat inspections and education to parents and caregivers Saturday, Sept. 23 beginning at 10:00 at Paul Thigpen Chevrolet.

safekids17The event is part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, and will include instruction on how to choose the right car seats for children, with an emphasis on how to install and use them correctly. Technicians will also explain the importance of registering the car seats with the manufacturer so parents and caregivers can be notified if there is a recall.

Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 17-23. The week, along with National Seat Check Saturday, is dedicated to teaching parents and caregivers about the importance of correctly choosing, installing and using car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts are often used incorrectly. Every 33 seconds in 2015, one child under 13 was involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“No parent ever wants to get it wrong when it comes to a child’s safety,” said Bonnie Brantley. “Parents – don’t just think you know, know that you know your child is secure in their car seat and are in the right seat for their age and size.”

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 car seats are misused. Using age- and size-appropriate car seats and installing them correctly are the best ways to reduce these deaths. More than one-third of children 12 and younger who died in crashes in 2015 while riding in cars, pickups, vans and SUVs were unbuckled. Many of those children could have survived if they had been buckled up.

Safe Kids Toombs & Surrounding Counties National Child Passenger Safety Week event is being held at Paul Thigpen Chevrolet from 10:00am – 12:00 noon. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend this free event.