Posted: Apr 14, 2013 3:53 PM by Dennis Carlson
Updated: Apr 14, 2013 4:30 PM
It turns out that child safety seats are only safe if they are installed properly.
Safety was the name of the game this weekend at Billion Auto Group as Bozeman Firefighters and Child Care Connections held a child seat safety clinic...giving parents a chance to make sure their kids are tucked in nice and tight.
The numbers are impressive...child safety seats can reduce a fatal injury by 71-percent for infants and 54-percent for toddlers...
Trained car seat technicians at the clinic checked to make sure the seats were installed correctly and the kids were buckled in right.
"About four in five car seats that come into a clinic or that are checked are installed improperly or that the child buckled into them improperly," says Patrick McLaughlin of the Montana Highway Patrol.
Amanda Dreadin brought her vehicle in so that both her sons safety seats could be checked and she's glad she did. "We learned that we didn't have the seat in right with his...the strap wasn't in the right spot... so it's a lot more secure now."
There are a number of fitting stations across the Gallatin Valley...if you'd like to make an appointment to get your child safety seats checked, call Child Care Connections at 587-7786.