SPOKANE, Wash. – The latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 600,000 children across the United States between ages zero and 12 are not buckled in properly.
National Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 18 to 24.
To ensure your children are safe, Babies R Us on North Division Street is offering free car seat safety checks on Saturday September 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Spokane Police Department officials said 80-90% of Spokane residents have made a mistake installing their child's car seat. Most commonly, SPD sees front buckles down by the child's stomach. It should sit snugly at the child's chest.
SPD said car seats should be chosen based on the child's size, not necessarily their age. There should also be no more than one inch of wiggle room where the seatbelt slips through the car seat.
Car seats reduce infant death risks by 71%. They reduce the risk of death for toddlers by 54%.
Booster seats also reduce risk of serious injury to children ages four to eight by 45%.