SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --Safe Kids West Oregon, Peace Health and local non-profit Parenting Now held a free car sear clinic Saturday to educate families about car and booster seats when traveling with precious cargo.
Car seat experts said car seats are not installed properly about 70 percent of the time. Local experts worked Saturday to change that.
Certified child passenger technicians were on hand at the Northwest Community Credit Union in Springfield. They checked car and booster seats for proper installation, checked for recalls and answer questions and concerns.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages one to 13. This is why experts say it's so important to make sure car seats are properly installed.
Kelsey Jennings, a car seat program coordinator with Parenting Now, a local non-profit says 7 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly.
Some of their recommendations included keeping your child in the car seat for as long as possible as long as your child fits the seat's height and weight requirements. Also, once your child has out-grown the weight or height limit of the rear-facing car seat, make sure the straps are snug.
One mom I spoke with said she's had experience with car seats, but felt like something was still off.
"I just wanted to come to have some experts take a look at it and make sure and we found some issues so I was glad we were able to come out here and do that," said Eugene resident, Liz Hoobler.
"A lot of them are installed mostly proper," Jennings said. "We want them to leave safer than they arrived."
If you missed this opportunity to have your child's car seat checked, you still have more opportunities.
Local non-profit, Parenting Now offers free car seat safety checks. The next one is scheduled for September 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, click here.
The Eugene Police Department has monthly car seat clinics too. Safe Kids West Oregon also teams up with Northwest Community Credit Union to provide quarterly car seat clinics. For more information, click here.