April 24, 2013:
If you have ever had to put a child car seat in your vehicle, you know it’s not an easy task. And if it’s not installed correctly, it might not protect your child during a crash. In fact, four out of five child car seats are used incorrectly.
On Thursday, May 2, the Knox County Health Department is teaming up with the Mount Vernon Fire Department to present a free car seat check from 1 to 4 p.m. at the fire station, 200 W. Gambier St.
“This will be a great opportunity for anyone who transports young children, whether you are a parent, grandparent or a babysitter.” said JoAnn Kerr with the health department. “Several certified car seat technicians will be on hand to check your child’s car seat and if it is not installed correctly, they will make adjustments to make sure that it is installed correctly. They will also show you how to do it.”
There will also be information on car seat recalls and how to determine if you are using the right car seat for your child’s weight and age.
When properly installed, child car seats reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Ohio law mandates that children must be restrained in approved child safety seats with a harness until they weigh at least 40 pounds. A new law also states that children should be in a booster seat or other appropriate safety seat until they are about eight years old or 4’9” or taller.