HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Parents can get help installing car seats, something many moms and dads can get wrong.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a free child car seat installation and inspection community event Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. At the event, certified car seat technicians will be conducting car seat installations and inspections for all types of seats.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash every 34 seconds in the United States. Correct car seat usage reduces the risk for death to infants by 71 percent and for toddlers by 54 percent.
However, one study by NHTSA shows that 72 percent of car seats are not used correctly. As times have changed, so have car seats and the evolution of child safety seats is not always easy to keep up with.
In order to make sure seats are correctly fitted to the child and the vehicle, the child should be present during the inspection. (If there is an unborn child, technicians will review installation methods and proper usage of the seat.) Inspections take about 45 minutes and will be conducted at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Services Building.
Anyone interested in having a car seat inspection at the event should call to set up an appointment prior to August 10. To set up an appointment, call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 317-773-1872 and ask for Shasta or Allison.
When you call, be ready to provide the following information; the make, model and year of your vehicle, the make and model of the child safety seat and the height and weight of the child.