The Williamsburg Fire Department invites area residents to participate in their Car Seat Safety Check-up on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 9am to 12 noon at Williamsburg Chrysler Jeep Dodge Kia, 3012 Richmond Road. Williamsburg Firefighters will verify that your seat is properly installed. No appointments are necessary, and there is no charge for the service.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, child safety seats reduce fatal injury in passenger cars by 71 percent for infants less than 1 year old and by 54 percent for toddlers 1 to 4 years of age. For children 4 to 7 years of age, booster seats have shown to reduce injury risk by 59 percent compared to safety belts alone.
However, they are effective only if installed properly. In a study of child restraint systems (CRS) in six states, 84 percent showed critical misuses. The most common form of misuses included loose vehicle seat belt attachment to the CRS and loose harness straps securing the child to the CRSs.
For more information, contact the Williamsburg Fire Department, 220-6220.