Press Release - 04-01-2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021



Free Inspections by Appointment Offered Year-Round

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today reminded parents and caregivers in Erie and Niagara counties that free car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians are available by appointment only on Saturday, April 3, in Buffalo, on Tuesday, April 13, in Lockport, and on Saturday, April 17 in Orchard Park.

When: Saturday, April 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Catholic Health of Buffalo Regional Administrative Center, 144 Genesee Street, Buffalo
For more information, contact Health Connections at (718) 447-6205 or [email protected].
Additional safety information: Appointments are required to ensure social distancing. Please wear your mask. All participants will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms on arrival.

When: Tuesday, April 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility, 5574 Niagara Street Extension, Lockport
For more information, contact Cathleen Davis at (716) 438-3464 or [email protected].
Additional safety information: Please call or email Cathleen Davis to book a time slot for this event. All participants must wear a mask. If you are not feeling well please do not come. Hand sanitizer will be available.

When: Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Orchard Park Central Fire Hall, 30 School Street, Orchard Park
For more information, contact Officer Kristen Mazur at (716) 662-6444 or [email protected].
Additional safety information: All safety protocols will be followed. Please wear a mask.

These events are part of a year-long safety initiative in which state and local law enforcement agencies and various community safety partners offer free child seat inspections. Trained technicians use the “Learn, Practice, and Explain” model to educate parents and caregivers on how to choose and properly install the appropriate seat for their child’s age and size and their vehicle, so it can be used correctly every time.

Those who cannot attend one of these free car seat check events can make an appointment with a local fitting station. Find more information on upcoming car seat check events near you.  See ratings on all car seats.

In addition to car seat inspections, parents and caregivers can view a series of videos produced by NHSTA on the proper installation of rear-facing and forward-facing car seats and booster seats. NHTSA also offers information on registering a child safety seat and finding the right car seat based on a child’s age and size.