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Sept. 23 is National Car Seat Check Saturday

Galesburg Police Department announced it is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sept. 17-23, to help ensure the safety of young children traveling in our community. The annual safety week is capped off with National Seat Check Saturday when parents and caregivers can get free seat checks and instruction on how to correctly install and use the right car seats for their kids.

“Most parents are dedicated to doing their best for their kids, so they may be surprised to find out their children aren't as safe as possible in their vehicle,” said Lt. Bryan Anderson. “Please don’t wait for a crash to find out if your child’s seat is installed correctly. Let a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician give you peace of mind.”

The Galesburg Police Department offers child safety seat checks. Please call the Galesburg Police Department at 309-343-9151 to schedule an installation check.

The latest research from NHTSA shows that 46% of car seats are misused. Common issues are children being in the wrong type of car seat for their age and size, and car seats being installed improperly — both of which leave children vulnerable to injury in a crash.

Using age and size-appropriate car seats and installing them correctly are the best ways to reduce crash fatalities among children. According to NHTSA, more than a third of children 12 and younger who died in crashes in 2021 in cars, pickups, vans, and SUVs were unbuckled. The number one rule: Never let your children ride unbuckled — not even on a short trip.

The campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds from NHTSA administered by IDOT.

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