BOUNTIFUL — Over the next two weeks, free car seat checkpoints will be held at two Davis County locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.
Certified technicians will be on hand to demonstrated correct car and booster seat installations at both events.
The first car seat checkpoint will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Tanner Clinic, 2121 N. 1700 West, in Layton, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is being sponsored by the clinic, Safe Kids Davis County, and Layton City Fire Department. The public is urged to bring expired car seats to be recycled.
Then, on Saturday, Sept. 29, a car seat checkpoint will be held at the IHC Clinic, at 390 N. Main in Bountiful from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by Safe Kids Davis County and Intermountain Healthcare.
Data from Safe Kids Worldwide shows that 73 percent of car seats are not being used correctly.
In analyzing the data Safe Kids Worldwide found parents were making five common mistakes in using car seats.
Ґ Using the wrong seat for the child’s age, weight and height. Check the label on the car seat to make sure it’s right for your child. Also check the seat’s label to see if it has expired.
Ґ Putting them in the front seat too soon. The safest place for children in a vehicle is the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
Ґ Putting them in a forward-facing car seat too soon. Keep a child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, usually until around age 2. When the child outgrows the car seat, move him or her to a forward-facing car seat. Then, use a booster seat until the child properly fits in a seatbelt. In Utah, a child must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall, usually between 8 and 12.
For more information check out the Sept.20 edition of Davis Clipper.