Child safety seats reduce fatal injuries to infants and young children. In an effort to support parents and caregivers to make sure a child fits securely in a car seat, Public Health Seattle & King County and the City of Bothell Fire and E.M.S. are hosting a free child car-seat check-up event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Fred Meyer store at 21045 Bothell-Everett Highway.
Bring your car, car seat and child/infant and learn how to properly install your car seat. For more information, call Alan Abe at (206) 263-8544.
This will be an opportunity for parents or soon-to-be parents to have their child safety seat checked by a certified child safety seat technician for safe installation. Educational materials will be available, as well.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to keep children up to 2 years old in rear facing seats or until they have reached the maximum height and weight limits of the car seat as allowed by the manufacturer.
Among children under age 5 in passenger vehicles, an estimated 244 lives were saved in 2008 by restraint use. National research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than one year old and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars.