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May 28, 2014

Car seat safety check to be held

MT. VERNON —Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Obstetrics Department will host a free car seat safety check from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7. The city-wide seat check will be held in the parking lot of Kroger.

Parents and caregivers will be given information on whether their child’s seat is safe and properly installed by members of the OB staff at Good Samaritan. Staff members who will be checking the seats are certified child passenger safety technicians.

"We will have a list of all the recalls current to the date of the event to check all seats that come into the event and information on how to fix them, if applicable," stated Stacy Minor, RN, Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse at Good Samaritan, in an email.

Minor said there are a few common mistakes people make when it comes to car seat safety and choosing the right one.

"There are a number of mistakes but the most common is the wrong seat for (the) child," Minor stated.

Another mistake mentioned by Minor was the misuse of a car seat and the seat not being installed properly. The use of aftermarket products is another issue, Minor added.

Information states that seven out of 10 children are not buckled in correctly while in a car.

The OB staff at Good Samaritan encourage anyone who has concerns and would like a safety technician to check out their child's car seat to come to the safety seminar.

Minor said a good rule of thumb when selecting a car seat for a child is to keep it simple.

"Know your child's height and weight and test the car seat in your vehicle before use," Minor stated. "Some car seats are great seats, but just don't fit right in your size vehicle. Don't ever be afraid to ask for help."

For more information on the car seat safety check, contact Rose Aldag-McVey, marketing and communication specialist at Good Samaritan, at 436-6450.

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