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The Lombard Police Department will be offering free car seat checks (at the Lombard Police Department, 235 E. Wilson Ave.,) and education to parents and caregivers on Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lombard will also be recognizing Child Passenger Safety Week, September 23 – 29 by sharing tips on www.villageoflombard.org and the Village’s social media pages throughout the week.
“We realize that some children may complain about their seat belts, or want to lay down on long car rides, however unbuckling a child in a car is extremely dangerous and greatly increases their risk of severe injury or death, should an accident occur,” said Traffic Safety Unit Officer Lt. Joe Grage. “There are so many ways that a child can get hurt, but this doesn’t have to be one. It’s a simple way to keep our kids safe, which is what we all want: Buckle up, every trip – every time.”
At the car seat check event, officers can help determine if your child is in the right seat for their age and size and will also explain the importance of registering car seats with their manufacturers so parents and caregivers can be notified if there is a recall.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and the latest research from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that nearly two out of three car seats are misused.
Lt. Grage added that using age- and size-appropriate car seats and installing them correctly are the best ways to reduce these deaths. “More than one-third of children 12 and younger who died in crashes in 2016 while riding in cars, pickups, vans, and SUVs were unbuckled. Many of those kids could have survived if they had been buckled up.”
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