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September 28, 2006

Friday Afternoon: Free Car Seat Check in Silver Spring

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An important event taking place tomorrow afternoon, with limited space still available:

The Maryland Safe Kids Coalition will provide a FREE Car Seat Check on Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Silver Spring Babies R Us store (12012 Cherry Hill Rd., near Calverton).

The Coalition crew will check for correct installation and to see if the seat is the proper size/type for the age of the child. As an extra perk, the store will also offer $5 off coupons for anyone buying a carseat that day.

Last I heard, there were about 15-18 spots still available, so if you're interested, RSVP quickly! Call Babies R Us at 301.586.8630. Ask for the customer service desk or for special promotions coordinator Lynn Dean (at ext. 3), and tell them you want to sign up for Friday's free car seat check.

Having recently helped a nonprofit client prepare for a briefing on the Hill related to child passenger safety, I can't stress how important it is to have a professional check the installation of your child's car seat and go over proper usage with you. All of us do our best to select the right seat and use it correctly, but it can be incredibly confusing. And parents are bombarded with so much information that it's hard to get a grip. What's shocking is that the NHTSA's research shows that, in fact, over 70 percent of child car seats are incorrectly installed, or the straps are incorrectly secured around the child. So take advantage of a free checkup whenever you can!

For more child passenger safety info, and to look up other checkpoints sponsored by Safe Kids U.S.A. (you can search by state/city), click here.

If you have an older child who may be ready to transition to a booster seat, check out (my client's website!) BoostKids.org.

Posted by Sarah at 10:37 AM.