Press Release - 10-02-2020

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Friday, October 2, 2020


Free Inspections by Appointment Offered Year-Round

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today reminded parents and caregivers that free car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians are available on Saturday, October 3, in Lewiston and Buffalo, and on Tuesday, October 13, in Lockport. The events are part of a yearlong safety initiative in which state and local law enforcement agencies, together with various community safety partners, offer free inspections. Sponsoring agencies will be following safety guidelines to protect the health and safety of the technicians and the public.

DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “Child safety seats offer the best protection for children traveling in a motor vehicle, but they have to be used properly to be effective. These events give parents and caregivers an opportunity to make sure that your child is secure in a car seat that fits them and is installed correctly.”

Event Details:

When: Saturday, October 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, 5574 Niagara Street Extension, Lewiston
Contact: Health Connections at (716) 447-6205

When: Saturday, October 3, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Catholic Health Administrative and Regional Training Center, 144 Genesee Road, Buffalo
Contact: Health Connections at (716) 447-6205

When: Tuesday, October 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility, 5574 Niagara Street Extension, Lockport
Appointment required
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 to the event. Hand sanitizer will be available at the event.

Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for children. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2014 to 2018, there were 3,315 children younger than 13 killed while riding in passenger vehicles.

The car seat check events aim to ensure all parents and caregivers understand how to choose an appropriate seat for the child’s age and size and how to install the seat correctly. Trained technicians will use the model of “Learn, Practice, and Explain” to educate caregivers on how to select a child restraint that will fit their child, fit their vehicle and be used correctly every time.

Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger vehicles. 

If you cannot attend these free car seat check events, you can make an appointment with a child seat inspection site near you. 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 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.

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