7:22 pm - Monday August 21, 2017

Car Seat Check Events

Make sure your Kids are Ready for “Back-to-School”

Statewide Events Help Parents ‘Know For Sure’ that their Kids are Traveling Safely

 

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and other members of CPS Team Colorado are holding special events throughout the month of August to help parents and caregivers make sure their children are in the right car seat or booster seat to keep them safe in a motor vehicle. Trained child passenger safety technicians are available at these events to do seat checks to make sure car seats are properly installed.

According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 kids are not as secure as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly.

“Parents have a tendency to move their child to the next type of car seat, booster seat or even an adult seat belt earlier than is recommended,” said Corporal Heather Cobler, Colorado State Patrol.  “But each change may be a step down in safety, depending on the age and size of the child.  It is important to read the manufacturer label on the side of the seat and use it to the maximum allowable weight and height for that seat.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 12 years old in the United States.  CDOT’s crash data from 2006-2010 shows that 64 child passengers, ages 0-12 died in traffic crashes. Over half (55%) were not using a child safety seat or seat belt, or they were using one improperly.

The following are recommendations from NHTSA and the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Rear-Facing Seat

For the best possible protection, children under age 2 should stay in a rear-facing seat as long as possible. 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 for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

Forward-Facing Seat

Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. This may result in many children riding rear-facing to age 2 or older. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child can begin traveling in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.

Booster Seat

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

Adult Seat Belt

Keep your child in a booster seat until the child is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.

Remember:

·         Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it on every trip, every time.

·         Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.

·         To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.

·         Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

For maximum safety, a parent or caregiver should have the car seat installation inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure their children are in the right seats for their age and size.

August Car Seat Check Events:

August 2nd

Chaffee County Public Health

Chaffee County Fairgrounds

1pm-5pm

 

August 4th

Annual Teddy Bear Clinic

Pueblo Mall – Dillard’s Parking Lot

9am-1pm

 

Steamboat Springs Safety Fair

Yampa Valley Medical Center

8am – 4pm

 

San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center

South Parking Lot

10am – 2pm

 

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO

By Appointment Only – 720-777-4808

 

 

August 5th

Aurora Police Department

Cornerstar Power Center (E. Arapahoe Road & S. Parker Road)

8am-2pm

 

Walsenburg Check Event

First Choice Market (on Walsen St.)

2pm-5pm

 

August 8th

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO

By Appointment Only – 720-777-4808

 

August 9th

Foster Care Program

Catholic Charities (Closed event)

6pm-8pm

 

August 11th

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO

By Appointment Only – 720-777-4808

 

August 11 & 12

Gilpin County Fair

Gilpin County Fairgrounds

8am-5pm

 

August 15th

Aurora Police Department

Southlands Mall

1pm-6pm

 

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO

By Appointment Only – 720-777-4808

 

Walmart Check Event

Frisco, CO

11am-1pm

 

August 17th

Salud Family Health Clinic

North Fort Collins

12pm-4pm

 

Georgetown Community School – Info Only

Clear Creek County

Time: 5pm-7pm

 

Walmart

Avon, Co

10am-1pm

 

August 18th

Douglas County Check Event

Douglas County Fair Grounds and Events Center

8am-2pm

 

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO

By Appointment Only – 720-777-4808

 

August 22nd

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO

By Appointment Only – 720-777-4808

 

 

August 25th

Aurora PD Check Event

Walmart – 1400 E Exposition Ave. Aurora, CO

8am-2pm

 

Frederick-Firestone Check Event

Carbon Valley Senior Center

6615 Frederick Way, Frederick CO

10am-2pm

 

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO

By Appointment Only – 720-777-4808

 

 

August 26th

Englewood Check Event

Englewood Fire Department

3075 S Tejon St. Englewood, CO

8am-12pm

 

August 29th

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO

By Appointment Only – 720-777-4808

 

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