Child Car Seat Inspection Event Scheduled for August 28
ROCK SPRINGS — The Child Passenger Safety Program is holding a car seat inspection at Albertson’s Parking Lot in Rock Springs on Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where certified technicians will perform inspections and train parents and caregivers to install and adjust their car seats properly.
“Think of it as a private lesson in the correct use of your car seat,” said CPSP program coordinator Clark Allred.
The training is standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and developed due to the increasingly complex issues involved in child passenger safety. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of unintentional injury and death in children. This training is supported by a Wyoming Department of Transportation and Safe Kids Wyoming Child Passenger Safety.
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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children under 14.
“Under Wyoming law, all children under nine years of age must be restrained in an appropriate car seat, whether in the family car or traveling with friends or relatives,” says Allred.
When properly used a car seat reduces the risk of death by 71 percent for rear-facing infants and 54 percent for forward-facing toddlers. A booster seat reduces the risk of death by 59 percent for children ages 4 to 8.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 73 percent of all child passenger restraints — more than 80 percent of car seats and about 40 percent of booster seats — are used incorrectly. Here in Wyoming, the misuse rate can range anywhere between 84%-92%.
“It’s a parent and caregiver’s responsibility to make sure a child’s car seat is properly installed and adjusted. We’re here to show you how,” explains Allred.
Allred encourages parents and caregivers to stop by and have their child’s car seats checked.
“It can be something simple, like a chest clip out of place,” Allred explains, “Or something major like a car seatbelt miss-routed or not properly locked before being used, that can be overlooked.”
The program is free to the public, and it can make a significant difference in your child’s safety. Sweetwater County Safe Kids covers several fire departments, and EMS organizations. Local donations are used to purchase quality car seats, training and education on child safety in and around the car, proper installation of car seats by certified car seat technicians and understanding about whether a car seat is expired, damaged, or right for your child and car.