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Free car seat safety check in Kona (Oct. 1)


Did you know that although many parents have car seats and booster seats for their children, 9 out of 10 seats are not properly installed?

Each year, hundreds of young children nationwide – including children on the Island of Hawaii – are killed or injured in car crashes. National statistics conclude that accidental injuries, especially those involving car crashes, pose the greatest threat to the lives of young children.

Statistics also show using car safety seats and seat belts correctly are the best way to prevent this from happening.

If you’d like to check on whether your child’s car seat is properly installed, trained technicians are holding a free car seat safety check 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at West Hawaii Civic Center.

State law requires all children under the age of four to be secured in a car seat; children between the ages of 4 and 7 are to be secured in booster seats. Older children must be secured in a seat belt and it is recommended that they sit in the back seat of the vehicle.

The opportunity for a free car seat safety check is being made possible through a collaboration between Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families, the County of Hawaii, Traffic division and Partners for Safe Keiki.

For information on Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families, contact Angela Thomas at 887-1228.

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