Is Your Child Safe?

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

This week, nationwide, is a time to evaluate the safety of your child.

The Dothan Police Department is hosting a Car Seat Check Saturday in honor of Child Safety Week,

Certified Car Seat Technicians say even parents with the best intentions usually don't get it right.

“I would say 90 to 95 percent of every car seat...something is wrong with it,” said Jon Thomas, a Certified Car Seat Tech with the Dothan Police Department.

And this can have serious consequences...

“So for example if a child is unrestrained when a vehicle hits another vehicle, the child will continue to travel at 55 miles an hour until their little body hits something. And that can cause very serious injuries...internally externally and can be very fatal,” said Corporal Rachel David with the Dothan Police Department.

To avoid something like this, Thomas says parents should watch out for the most common mistake in car seat positioning.

“Kids don't tend to like being strapped down tight on in the car seat so parents tend to let the straps go too loose or the retainer slip which is the part that holds the straps together, they hold them too low...they need to remain at chest or armpit level,” said Thomas.

Even a small adjustment can save a child's life.

“We installed the car seat and later on we got a letter saying they were in a car accident on the way home and that the car seat being installed correctly saved the child,” said Thomas.

The DPD Car Seat Check is this Saturday at Burlington Coat Factory from 10 a-m to 2 p-m.
If you can't make it, officers say you may contact the Department and schedule an official inspection with a Certified Car Seat Technician.


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