Press Release - 05-05-2022

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Thursday, May 5, 2022


Free Inspections by Appointment Offered Year-Round

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today reminded parents and caregivers in Albany County that free car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians are available on Monday, May 9, in Delmar, by appointment only on Wednesday, May 18, in Latham, and on Monday, May 23, in Cohoes.

When: Monday, May 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Elm Avenue Park, 261 Elm Avenue, Delmar
For more information, contact Michael Whitely at (518) 439-9973 or [email protected].

When: Wednesday, May 18, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: New York State Police, 760 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
For more information, contact Technical Sergeant Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258 or [email protected].
Additional Information: Appointments are required.

When: Monday, May 23, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Ogden Mills Head Start, 1 Ogden Plaza, Cohoes
For more information, contact William Van Alstyne at (518) 765-2565 or [email protected].

These events are part of a yearlong 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 additional information on car seats and booster seats, including installation help and car seat recommendations, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website.

In addition to car seat inspections, parents and caregivers can view a series of videos produced by NHSTA on 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 a child’s age and size.