Though National Child Passenger Safety Week has technically come to an end, that doesn’t mean that car seat safety will go on the backburner. Because the car seat inspection locations got such a huge response last week, a permanent inspection station is slated to open at the Seneca Fire Department. According to Cortni Nations of Safe Kids Upstate in this article, “Four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly. We know riding unrestrained is one of the greatest risk factors for death and injury for children riding in motor vehicles.”
The permanent inspection point is made possible thanks to a partnership by Safe Kids Upstate, Oconee Medical Center, the City of Seneca, Children’s Hospital of Greenville and the Hospital System University Medical Center. The car seat inspections will be available on the first Wednesday of each money from 12-5:30 by appointment at the fire station on 321 West South 4th St.
As part of this new program, the inspection officials will offer educational pamphlets and classes focused on child safety. They will also offer discounted car seats for those families who cannot afford one. They will be made available for $35 if a family has participated in the education program and has Medicaid. As a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston , I’m very excited to have this safety asset in our community and I hope many families will take advantage of the opportunity to have their car seats inspected. It is my hope that with more car seats installed correctly, the statistics on child fatalities in car accidents will start to decline.