DATE: Monday, September 23, 2019
SUBJECT: Child Seat Inspection Clinic Open this Thursday
CONTACT: Major Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding 

In partnership with 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 Clinic this Thursday.

The child seat inspection station will operate on Thursday, September 26, 2019 between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm at the Washington Square Mall. Child Passenger Safety Technicians from the Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to inspect your car seat for proper installation.

Last week was Child Passenger Safety Week, which 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 each September.

“Correctly using a car seat or booster seat is a simple way to keep your child safe. Our Office is pleased to partner with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute in order to show parents how to properly install and use a child safety seat,” said Sheriff Dave Wedding.

According the NHTSA, when installed correctly car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers. Indiana traffic crash data from 2018 shows that 3,133 children under the age of 15 were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions. The overall rate of restraint use among Indiana children in crashes was 88 percent. 

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. For more information, please visit our website by clicking here.

For a complete list of child seat inspection stations across the state, please click here.

To learn more about choosing the right car seat, including an easy-to-use car seat finder tool, please click here.

For more information on Indiana’s child passenger seat law, please click here.