Sep 23, 2013 7:28 AM
Dauterive Hospital's Seat Check Saturday was a Success for Parents and Kids, says the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force. Certified Car Seat Technicians Helped Parents and Caregivers Check Car Seats for Proper Installation
Saturday's National Seat Check event was a success, said LPSTF. Twenty-one (21) car seats were inspected by certified child passenger safety technicians at Dauterive Hospital, who helped all the attendees ensure their car seats were installed and used correctly.
"The event helped parents by showing them how to install and use their car seats correctly," said Tracy LeMaire. "By using the right seat in the right way, parents have greater confidence that their kids will be safe on the roads whenever they travel." Ms. LeMaire said that far too many car seats are being used incorrectly, despite kids' safety being a top priority for parents.
The free event on National Seat Check Saturday was Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force's way of participating in Child Passenger Safety Week, which ran from September 15 to September 21, 2013.
"Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13. Choosing the right seat and using it correctly are essential for keeping kids safe," Ms. LeMaire said. Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers in cars, and 58 percent and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVs, pickups and vans. "Car seats make a difference every day by saving the lives of our children," said Ms. LeMaire
Ms. LeMaire also said parents and caregivers should follow NHTSA's car seat recommendations to keep children in the right restraint (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster and seat belt) for the children's ages and sizes.
Parents don't have to wait for the next National Seat Check Saturday to make sure their car seats are installed properly. Ms. LeMaire states that appointments with local certified technicians can be made at any time by contacting her at 337-288-9937
For more information on NHTSA's best practice car seat recommendations and other child car safety tips visit safercar.gov/parents.