This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and the subject of this month's Driving it Home. State Police say parents often struggle with correctly installing the life-saving seats. Our Megan Cruz has some tips on how to keep your kids safe.
NEW YORK -- According to New York State Police, eight in 10 child safety seats are not installed correctly. As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, state and local police departments will be out to stress the importance of having child safety seats put in properly.
Events are held year round to teach parents how to do it correctly. A properly installed car seat will significantly reduce the potential for an injury or fatality to the child.
Police say the most common mistake is that people forget that there are two manuals to read to install the seats properly. One that comes with your car, and the other that comes with the car seat.
Car seat events in the area:
September 22nd: Child Safety Seat Check - Albany County
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Crossgates Mall, Overflow lot near Ruby Tuesday, 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany, NY 12203. Contact Laurie Prividera at (518) 426-1000 ext. 4221 or Kelley Pike at (518) 262-0890
September 29th: Child Safety Seat Check - Schoharie County
10 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Cobleskill Fire Department, 610 East Main St, Cobleskill, NY. Be sure to install your car seat prior to the check. Bring the child, vehicle's owner manual and car seat's instruction manual with you, if possible.
Agency: Schoharie County Public Health and New York State Police
Contact: Maryann Purack at (518) 295-8474 or Trooper Leonard Fornabia (518) 783-3259