Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan urges parents and caregivers to have their child’s car seats checked as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which will be recognized Sept. 15 to 21.
“We want to help you do all you can to best protect your children when traveling,” Callahan said. “During Child Passenger Safety Week, I’m urging all parents and caregivers to have your car seat checked by a certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician. When it comes to the safety of your child, there is no room for mistakes.”
In conjunction with National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Sheriff’s Office will host a “Seat Check Saturday” event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Sheriff’s Office, 111 E. Illinois Ave., Morris.
Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on scene to inspect, install and educate individuals on the importance of using properly secured and fitted car seats, booster seats and safety belts.
“I encourage those who have children, who are required to be transported in car seats, to come out to the event and have their seats and installations inspected,” Callahan said. “It doesn’t take very long, and our children are worth it.”
Statistics show car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times these deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. In motor vehicle crashes, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for children younger than 1 and 59 percent for children 2 to 4 in passenger cars, according to data collected by National Highway Transportation Administration.
For the best possible protection, children under age 2 should always ride in a rear facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits.