FLINT TWP. — HealthPlus will host a free car seat check in partnership with SafeKids of Greater Flint on National Seat Check, Sept. 21.
Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand at the HealthPlus Flint office from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to check car seats for for proper use and installation, and provide education on how to ensure the safest possible ride for the child(ren) in the vehicle.
The car seat check is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Any adult who is responsible for transporting a child in a vehicle is encouraged to attend. Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning reports that the number of children being cared for by non-parental caregivers, including grandparents, has increased over the last decade resulting in a larger variety of people being responsible for safely transporting a child in a vehicle.
According to the OHSP, a key issue for most grandparents who transport their grandchildren is the use of older car seats that may be unsafe.
For the most comprehensive service, car seat check visitors are encouraged to bring a vehicle with working seatbelts and the child(ren) for whom they provide transportation.
National Seat Check Saturday is a national initiative to raise awareness of proper car seat use and encourage caregivers to have children’s car seats installed and inspected by a certified child passenger safety technician. — G.G.