FREE Car seat inspection and installation

March 6, 2012 by
Filed under: Automobile, News 

This morning I read in the Green Bay Press Gazette that a 2-month old died from car accident injuries.  The police report said the infant was in a child seat but the seat did not remain stationary during the crash.   Which made me think of the statistics that say 70-80% of car seats are not properly installed!

I am by no means placing blame or can say for sure that is what happened in this instance, but reading the article made me think of how easy it is to get a child’s car seat properly installed and inspected.  I re-post this article every six months or so and I can’t think of a better time to do so.

Did you know the Brown County Health Department offers FREE inspections and installations?  Every time I change car seats or cars or have to move the straps I make an appointment. Why? No matter how many times I’ve installed car seats and wrenched on them (even with the LATCH system), the experts find a way to make them more secure.

Four years ago I also discovered another awesome thing: the county will sell you car seats at COST (The program may changed but it never hurts to ask).   They had several types available.  At the time,  I was trying to fit three seats in one row. The Sunshine Kids Radian fit the bill (they no longer make it but Diono RadianR100 Convertible Car Seat, Stoneis very similar).  However, the car seat cost a lot more than our budget allowed.   Then the car seat technician mentioned they sell those particular seats for cost which turned out to be more than 40% off the retail price.   That made the decision to buy the sturdier car seats a lot easier and affordable.

While I’m talking car seat safety, I’d like to mention that last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations for car seat usage.  They now say children should be rear-facing in car seats until age two, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat.  These recommendations are the minimum, NOT the maximum.   There was a great article on Parenting’s website telling how parents consider turning the car seat around as a milestone:

Parents are interested in milestones, and the minimum of one year and 20 lbs has been interpreted as gold standard instead of the minimum,” says Dr. Hoffman. “Parents are always looking for the next stage of development because in every other scenario, that’s a good thing. With car safety seats, however, that’s often not the case.”

You can find your local car seat inspection station by clicking here.

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