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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Arizona car seat safety checks and information

Every September, we celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 17-23, 2017) and National Seat Check Saturday (Sept. 23, 2017) as a way to increase awareness that car seats are live-saving and must be properly installed. Check out these local events:

Car Seat Inspection and Education Event. Tempe Police and certified car-seat technicians will be present, and seats will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for those with demonstrated need on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Free car-seat checks. Larry H. Miller Dealerships are hosting car-seat safety checks in conjunction with Safe Kids Maricopa County, Phoenix Children’s Center for Family Health & Safety and local first responders from Sept. 23-Oct. 21.

Here’s where to get help in metro Phoenix for car seat safety checks, recalls and other information on how to keep babies, toddlers and older kids safe in vehicles.

HOSPITALS

Cardon Children’s offers car seat safety tips, FAQs, information on classes and installation guidelines.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention offers information on the four stages of child passenger safety: rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, booster seats and seat belts. A Car Seat Helper App helps parents understand what type of child restraint is right for their kids.

SAFETY ORGANIZATIONS

AAA Arizona offers assistance from certified car seat technicians. Contact the AAA Traffic Safety Educator to schedule an appointment.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association maintains an online car seat safety inspection stations locator. The NHTSA also has links to help parents find the right car seat, get the latest car seat recall information and more.

Safe Kids USA features research on car seats and placement and motor vehicle safety facts sheets.

VALLEY MUNICIPALITIES

Find car seat inspections, education opportunities and more. Call ahead to make sure a certified technician is on site for safety checks.

Avondale Community Education

Chandler Fire, Health and Medical

Gilbert Fire and Rescue

Mesa Fire and Medical

Peoria Fire and Police

Phoenix Fire Department

Scottsdale Fire Department

Surprise Fire-Medical Department

Tempe Police and Fire

Tolleson Fire Department

National resources

American Academy of Pediatrics offers parents tips on making sure their car seat will protect their baby in a crash, including this 30-second video, “Car Seat Tips.” More information, including how-to videos on car seat installation, is available at healthychildren.org.

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