FLINT TWP. — When it comes to proper use of child safety seats in vehicles, even parents who try to get it right often get it wrong.
So the need is ongoing for child car seat safety inspections like one last Saturday conducted by Safe Kids Greater Flint and hosted by HealthPlus of Michigan at Linden and Corunna Roads.
Similar events were held nationwide in recognition of Sept. 15-21 as National Child Passenger Safety Week which concluded with National Seat Check Saturday.
“Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts,” according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration..
Michigan law requires children up to age 8 to ride in a car seat or booster seat.
More than half of the car seats checked on Saturday were not in compliance. Typical problems range from wrong size to recalls to structural defects, said Penny Perez, coordinator for Safe Kids Greater Flint, a Hurley Medical Center community outreach program.
Twenty-four defective seats were removed from 42 vehicles brought through one of the four inspection stations set up in the parking lot at HealthPlus during the fourhour event.
The goal of National Seat Check Saturday is to teach parents how to correctly install and use car seats, and to make sure children are in the right seats for their age and size.
But Safe Kids is active yearround at car check events hosted by community organizations, Perez said. The inspection events are free and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Perez said that the final two events of the 2013 scheduled will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 19 at New Covenant Church, 13176 . Linden Road in Clio and on Nov. 16 at Vic Canever Chevrolet, 3000 Owen Road in Fenton.
Parents also can make appointments to visit Inspection stations at the Carman- Ainsworth Early Childhood Center, 1181 W. Scottwood, the Grand Blanc Township Fire Station #3 at 3313 E. Baldwin Road and the City of Flint Fire Station No. 1, 310 E. Fifth St.
For more information about Safe Kids Greater Flint cal Perez at 810-262-9643.