There will be free child car seat safety checks and related information provided on Saturday 23, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Delta Sonic in Greece, NY, 990 West Ridge Road.
This event is sponsored by the County of Monroe as part of Child Passenger Safety Week, Sep. 17 - 23, 2023.
“The health and safety of our neighbors, particularly our children is my top priority,” said County Executive Bello. “These events will give parents some expert guidance to help reassure them that their children are as safe as possible in their car seats every time they leave home.”
The County says the annual safety week always ends with ‘National Seat Check Saturday’, which is a day for parents and caregivers to receive free instructions and education from Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on how to correctly install and use the right car seats for their kids.
Using age and size appropriate car seats and installing them correctly are the best ways to reduce crash injuries and fatalities among children.
According to Monroe County, the first round of free child car seat safety checks took place on Sat., Sep. 16, 2023 at Dick’s Sporting Goods at Marketplace Mall, 305 Miracle Mile Drive.
The event on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Delta Sonic in Greece remains an option if you did not have an opportunity to get your child car seat checked for safety last weekend.
Technicians will let parents know if their children are in the right seats for their ages and sizes, make sure the car seats are installed correctly and explain the importance of registering car seats with the manufacturer so they can be notified if there is a recall.
Based on information the County obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children, and the latest research shows that 46% of car seats are misused. According to NHTSA information, common problems involve children being in the wrong type of car seat for their age and size, and car seats being installed improperly — both of which leave children vulnerable to injury in a crash.
New York State law requires that:
All children must ride in a rear-facing car seat until their 2nd birthday; and
All children must use an appropriate car seat or booster seat until their 8th birthday.
Monroe County says, “Best practice is for every child to use a car seat until they reach the maximum limits for height or weight allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. Children should use booster seats until they fit properly in the adult seat belt. For some kids, that is not until age 12.”
According to NHTSA, more than a third of children 12 and younger who died in crashes in 2021 in cars, pickups, vans, and SUVs were unbuckled.