Car Seat Safety A Must Even When Close To Home

(BLOOMINGTON) – COVID-19 has put many vacations and car trips on hold but ensuring your child’s safety in the vehicle is as crucial as ever.

Call 812-333-2304 to sign up for a free Riley Physicians safety check.

“Most car accidents happen close to home,” said Jennifer Hacker, Child Passenger Safety Technician. “Car seat safety is just as important on a quick drive to the grocery store as it is on a long car ride.”

During safety checks, the trained child seat inspection team will go over important safety information and will ensure the seat itself is installed correctly.

Safe car seat installations rely on a lot of factors, so make sure to bring the following to your appointment:

  1. Car seat and vehicle instruction manuals
  2. The car seat
  3. The vehicle
  4. The child (preferred, but not necessary)

“Riley Physicians is really grateful for our partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), which allows us to offer these checks year-round at no cost,” said Hacker. “Stay safe out there!”

Due to COVID-19, the team is taking extra precautions including requiring parents/guardians/participants wear face masks and encouraging social distancing.

All children less than eight years of age are required by Indiana’s child passenger safety law to be properly restrained in a federally approved child restraint system. Once your child is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly, remember that the safest place for your child is still in the back seat.

For more information on Indiana’s child passenger seat law, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji/2383.htm. For a complete list of child seat inspection stations by county offered throughout the state, visit: http://www.childseat.in.gov.

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