Car Seat Safety Event
Certified Technicians With the Lockport Police Department Will Check Car Seats and Teach Car Seat Safety on National Seat Check Saturday
[Lockport, Illinois] – Every day in America, too many children are riding in the wrong car seats or are completely unrestrained. To help combat the issue, Officer Jeren Szmergalski and the Lockport Police Department, announced today it will conduct a car seat safety event during National Child Passenger Safety week September 18-24, 2016. Our Wal-Mart Super Center will have certified child passenger safety technicians on hand from 11:00am to 3:00pm, at Wal-Mart 16241 S Farrell Road, Lockport, Illinois, to check car seats for proper installation and educate parents and caregivers on how to choose the correct car seats and install them properly in their vehicles. This event is one of 84 events in Illinois sponsored by AAA, Illinois Secretary of State, Rush-Copley Medical Center, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
"Every 34 seconds a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash," said Officer Jeren Szmergalski. Using car seats that are age and size appropriate is the best way to keep your child safe."
"By attending Lockport's car seat event on Saturday, parents and caregivers can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible in their vehicle." Furthermore, even if kids are in the right seat, sometimes they are not buckled in correctly.
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 car seat, he/she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing their car seats, children should be placed in booster seats. While Illinois law states a child must be in an appropriate car seat or booster seat until their eighth birthday, some eight-year-old children are not tall enough for the seat belt to fit them correctly. These kids need to stay in a booster seat until they are taller – four feet, nine inches is the recommended height.
Remember: In Illinois, children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8 and all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.
For more information on Child Passenger Safety visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or the Buckle Up Illinois website.
Every 34 seconds one child younger than age 13 is involved in a crash! Make sure your child is as safe as possible.
Please help us spread some important messaging about child passenger safety!
- By law in Illinois, a child must be in an appropriate car seat until their eighth birthday, however, most children this age are still too small to sit in a seat without a booster seat.
- Rear-facing seats from birth until age 2, or until the child reaches the upper weight limits of their rear-facing convertible seat.
- Forward-facing seats when child reaches the upper weight or height limit of their rear-facing convertible seat. It is safest to keep the child in a forward-facing seat with a harness until they reach the maximum weight or height limit of that seat.
- Belt-positioning booster seats should be used once a child outgrows the upper weight or height of their forward-facing harness. Children should use belt-positioning booster seats until they are 4'9" and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
- Lap and shoulder belts once the belt fits properly. All child passengers under age 13 should ride securely restrained in the back seat, where they are safest — every trip, every time. On average, more than 100 children in the 8-14 age group die in crashes each year while riding in the front seat.
Child passenger safety week concludes with National Seat Check Saturday, on September 24.There will be 84 car seat inspection events across Illinois during September 17 – October 1 sponsored by AAA, Illinois Secretary of State, Rush-Copley Medical Center and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Visit the Buckle Up Illinois website to find an event near you.
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Visit the Buckle Up Illinois website for more ways to help save lives and to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.