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Posted on: August 30, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City of Gainesville to host FREE car seat safety check Sept. 22

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Sept. 2, 2023) – Data shows three out of four car seats are improperly installed. Do you know if your car seat is installed correctly? Join our event to get yours checked by a certified car seat technician!

The City of Gainesville is hosting a car seat safety check from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in partnership with the Gainesville Police Department and Safe Kids Northeast Georgia. The drive-thru check, held rain or shine, will take place at Gainesville Fire Station No. 1, located at 725 Pine St., Gainesville.

With more than 2,600 children under 13 involved in a car crash every day, or one child every 33 seconds, parents need to be extra vigilant about keeping kids safe in cars. And while most families put kids in car seats, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that nearly 60 percent of car seats are installed or adjusted incorrectly, states Safe Kids via its official website, safekidsgeorgia.org.

In Georgia, there is legislation to ensure children are riding in child passenger restraint systems while in a passenger motor vehicle, Safe Kids states. According to O.C.G.A. 40-6-76 (Georgia Code), children under 8 years of age must ride in an approved child restraint system and be restrained by a seat safety belt approved under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208.

Child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to ensure your child’s passenger restraint system has been properly installed and is appropriate for their age and size.

To learn more about Safe Kids and the best practices in child passenger safety, or for direction on how to visit a child safety seat fitting location in Georgia or find a local child passenger safety technician, visit http://safekidsgeorgia.org/carseats/#.WV6hyPSmi-4*

*For the most updated information, please contact [email protected]

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