Car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. That’s why it’s so important to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your child is in the car.
Free new convertible car seats will be available for those who need help in getting one. The seats will be available in a drive-thru event at the Logan County Health District on Friday, Oct. 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m. rain or shine while supplies last. Convertible car seats are for children who weigh 5-65 pounds.
There will be no choice of seat fabric color and you must sign that the seat will never be sold. If you are unable to attend this event, someone can come in your place to get the car seat. You will need to provide a child’s name, age or date of birth or a due date for your baby when picking up each car seat. Any Questions call 937-651-6187
Guidelines for choosing a safety seat
Choose a seat with a label that states it meets or exceeds Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
Accept a used seat with caution. Never use a seat that’s more than 6 years old or one that was in a crash (even if it looks OK, it could be structurally unsound). Avoid seats that are missing parts, are not labeled with the manufacture date and model number (you’ll have no way to know about recalls), or do not come with an instruction manual. Also, check the seat for the manufacturers recommended “expiration date.” If you have any doubts about a seat’s history, or if it is cracked or shows signs of wear and tear, don’t use it.
If you accept a used seat, call the manufacturer to find out how long they recommend using the seat and if it was ever recalled. Recalls are quite common, and the manufacturer may be able to provide you with a replacement part or new model.
Every child under 8 years old must ride in a booster seat or other appropriate child safety seat unless the child is 4’9” or taller. Follow the seat manufacturer’s instructions for weight limits and proper use.
Every child from 8 to 15 years old who is not secured in a car seat must be secured in the vehicle’s seat belt. For more information on car seats go to: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#age-size-rec
Submitted by the Logan County Health District.