Section: Jersey City Medical Center News

Free Car Seat Inspections and Help for Parents Part of Effort to Save Kids' Lives

09/25/2013

Certified Technicians will check car seats in Jersey City on Saturday

Free car seat inspections and education will be available to residents of Hudson County on Saturday, September 21, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Target parking lot (100 14th Street, Jersey City). The event is part of "National Seat Check Saturday" and will include car seat inspections by Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians. Technicians will be on hand to teach parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats for their children and how to install them correctly.

"There's always danger on the road, every time you leave your home," said Marissa Fisher, a trauma nurse at Jersey City Medical Center and Injury Prevention Coordinator for the hospital's trauma division. "The best way to protect your child is to have him or her in the right seat for the child's age and size and to use that seat correctly. Even if you think you've got it right, come to our National Seat Check Saturday event and know for sure. All parents want to know their kids are safe, and this event will give them that peace of mind."

Motor vehicle crashes are still a leading killer of children 13 and under. Fisher reminds parents that "Children depend on you to keep them safe."

Furthermore, she added, even if kids are in the right seat, sometimes they're not buckled in properly. And even worse, some aren't buckled in at all: In 2011, 36 percent of children under 13 in cars, SUVs, vans and pickups who died in crashes weren't restrained at the time of the crashes.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Safe Kids Hudson County, National Seat Check Saturday is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, September 15 - 21, a week dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible every time they are in vehicles. Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians teach families how to correctly secure their child and give families the information they need to correct mistakes when using car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. It's the best way to keep kids safe in cars. 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 the car seats, children should be placed in booster seats until they're big enough to use seat belts safely. The safest place for kids under 13 is in the back seat of the car.

For more information on car seat and child car safety, as well as how to find other car seat check events, go to safercar.gov/parents.

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