Child Passenger Safety Program offers free car seat inspections at local dealership

Cheyenne, WY—The local Child Passenger Safety program is holding free car seat inspections at Tyrrell-Doyle Chevrolet, 2142 W. Lincolnway, on November 20, 3-5 p.m., to conclude the three-day Child Passenger Safety technician training held earlier in the week. Newly certified technicians, under the supervision of instructors, will perform the inspections and train parents and caregivers to install and adjust their car seats properly. “Under Wyoming law, all children under nine years of age must be restrained in an appropriate car seat—whether in the family car or traveling with friends or relatives,” said Stephanie Heitsch, program coordinator. “We hope parents and caregivers think of this inspection as a private lesson in the correct use of their car seats.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 73 percent of all child passenger restraints — more than 80 percent of car seats and about 40 percent of booster seats — are used incorrectly. “In Wyoming, our misuse rate can range anywhere from 84 to 92 percent,” Heitsch said. “It’s a parent’s responsibility to make sure a child’s car seat is properly installed and adjusted. We’re here to show you how.” Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children under 14 years old. Properly used, a car seat reduces the risk of death by 71 percent for rear-facing infants and 54 percent for forward-facing toddlers; a booster seat reduces the risk of death by 59 percent for children ages 4 to 8 years. The technician training is standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is supported by a Federal 402 Highway Safety Grant, Safe Kids Wyoming and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. *Feature photo: Amanda Mills/Pitchengine Communities * #shortgo #news