DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
SUBJECT: Child Seat Inspection Station Operating Today
RELEASE NUMBER: 2015-NR-059
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

In partnership with the Automotive Safety Program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will operate a free Child Seat Inspection Station today in support of Child Passenger Safety Week.  The inspection station will operate on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 betwen 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm at Washington Square Mall.  Child Passenger Safety Technicians from the Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to inspect your car seat for proper installation.

Child Passenger Safety Week promotes the importance of proper child seat safety, by raising awareness through a national and statewide ad campaign. Child Passenger Safety Week is an annual event and takes place this year September 13-19.

“Using a child seat correctly can save a child’s life. Our office is pleased to partner with the Automotive Safety Program in order to show parents how to properly install a child seat and explain when it is time to transition to a new seat or seat belt,” said Sheriff Dave Wedding.

Child Passenger Safety Week is supported by federal funding allocated to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office through the ICJI Traffic Safety Division. According to ICJI, in 2014, 246 Indiana children under the age of 13 were injured, and 4 children died, from being unrestrained in an automobile accident. Further statistics show that nationally, 71 percent of car seats are not used correctly.

Free child seat inspection stations are offered across the state and available throughout the year. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office provides free inspections on an appointment basis. Please visit our website by clicking here.

For a complete list of child seat inspection stations across the state, broken down by county, please visit: http://www.childseat.in.gov. To learn more about choosing the right car seat, including an easy-to-use car seat finder tool, please visit: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm. For more information on Indiana’s child passenger seat law, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji/2383.htm.

Pictured above: Deputy Luke Freiberger inspects a child seat at last year’s inspection station event.

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