Free Car Seat Check at ‘Seat Check Saturday’

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children according to the National Safety Council.

Governor Snyder is naming this week Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week.

New parents are already overwhelmed with the changes that come with a new baby.

But making sure your house and even your car is ready for a baby and throughout their childhood is vital.

“Car accidents is the number one killer of children under 12. I don’t know how you’d protect them without a car seat,” said Brace Kern, first time parent.

A child is a parent’s most precious cargo and new father Brace Kern can attest to that.

“The car is the most dangerous place you’re going to take your child away from the house. You do the homework on how to make your house baby proof but you should do the same thing with your car,” said Kern.

Child Passenger Safety Week helps parents do just that, raising awareness on how to properly install your child’s car seat.

“Are the harnesses too loose? Because those children are built with small collapsible shoulders so with the force of a crash if there harnesses isn’t tightened properly they can partially eject out of that,” said Jennifer Ritter, Grand Traverse Metro Fire and life safety educator. “Is the chest clip that holds the harnesses together is it high with the top of their armpits? Are there flying objects in the car? That raises a huge risk.”

When hitting the road, Ritter says children under two-years-old need to be in rear facing car seats.

“People felt like it was a rite of passage to move their child from one stage to the next and we’re trying to change that way of thinking or challenge you to leave their child in each stage as long as you possibly can. Every time you move to the next level of car seats you lose a level of safety so when your rear facing you go forward facing, you lost that level of safety of riding down the crash on your back,” said Ritter.

Safe Kids North Shore of Grand Traverse Metro Fire is hosting Seat Check Saturday this weekend from 10 a.m. to 2  p.m. where you can make sure your child’s seat is properly installed.

The event is free and will be at Williams in Traverse City.