MONTOURSVILLE, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Local law enforcement is offering free car seat checks as part of the ongoing efforts to keep little passengers safe.
State police were set up at Paddington Station Daycare for free car seat checks.
The rain may have kept some people away, but troopers encourage the public to get them checked just to be safe.
It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week and all around the commonwealth, state police are providing free car seat checks.
“Every quarter pretty much, we try to do some type of event and get all the car seat techs to do something. So today we are hosting it at Paddington Daycare in South Williamsport,” Trooper Lauren Lesher of the Montoursville State Police stated.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 59 percent of car seats are put in improperly. Installation varies between car seats and the type of vehicle.
“It’s always good to have a car seat technician just look over your car seat, make sure that you have it installed properly, making sure that the straps fit the child properly, and making sure that you’re using it according to the manual,” Trooper Lesher continued.
Nancy Frye, Director at Paddington Daycare says over the years, she’s seen guardians leave with a child without the right car seat or no car seat at all.
“Yes, I have called the state police because I think they need to let these parents know, hey your kids aren’t safe. You need to come by the barracks and take a look and we can help you,” Daycare, Nancy Frye commented.
Trooper Lesher says a common mistake is not tightening the seatbelt around the car seat.
“You want to grab the base of the car seat where it hits the edge of the seat and you want to wiggle it. And if it wiggles more than an inch on either side, it’s too loose,” Trooper Lesher explained.
Just a few minutes for a car seat check can mean a safer ride for little passengers.
“I believe it’s around 71%-80% increase in safety for the child if they were to get into a wreck,” said Trooper Lesher.
Trooper Lesher says to replace a car seat if your vehicle gets into an accident. A lot of times insurance companies will pay to replace it.
For parents struggling, Safe Kids PA Lycoming County Partner works to purchase car seats for those in need.