HealthPlus, SafeKids of Greater Flint to host free car seat checks

GENESEE COUNTY — It is estimated as many as 96 percent of child passenger safety seats are installed incorrectly, which can put children at increased risk for injury.

To help parents and grandparents ensure that car seats are properly installed in their vehicles, HealthPlus of Michigan will sponsor several free child passenger safety seat checks in Genesee County throughout 2011 in partnership with SafeKids of Greater Flint, an organization led by Hurley Medical Center.

The next check will take place May 21, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Citizens Bank Dort Court Branch, 905 S. Dort Hwy., Flint.

Other HealthPlus-sponsored car seat checks are scheduled for the following dates:

 July 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Genesys Health System, 1 Genesys Parkway, Grand Blanc.

 Sept. 16, 2–5 p.m., Flint Schools Head Start, Sarvis Center, 1231 E. Kearsley St., Flint.

Other car seat events (not through HealthPlus) scheduled around the county include:

 June 25, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Randy Wise Auto Mall, 4350 Lennon Rd,, Flint.

 Aug. 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Jim Waldron Collision Center, 9447 Lapeer Rd., Davison.

 Grand Blanc Inspection Station, Grand Blanc Fire Station #3, 3313 E. Baldwin Rd., Grand Blanc, second and fourth Monday of each month from 5–9 p.m. Call for appointment: 810-606-7284

 Burton Inspection Station, Burton Fire Station # 1, 2029 E. Bristol Rd., Burton, first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Call for appointment: 810-606-7284.

 Flint Inspection Station, City of Flint Fire Station #1, 310 E. Fifth St., Flint, first Tuesday of each month from 4–8 p.m.; third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Call for appointment: 810-262-9643. — G.G.

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