Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office to host free child car seat inspection on Saturday

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Keeping kids safe on the roads. National Car Seat Safety Week is making sure parents install car seats the right way. 

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is helping out, hosting a free car seat inspection at the Target on Route 31 on Saturday morning. 

Installing a car seat can be harder than it looks and surprisingly, most of us get it wrong. 

“Eighty-five percent of the time when people come in with their car seats installed and we inspect them to see if they’re in there correctly, 85% of the time they’re installed incorrectly in one way or another,” said Heather Poland, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy Car Seat Technician.

Tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the car seat changes as the child does
  • The base of the car seat shouldn’t move more than an inch when it slides
  • The harness needs to be tight enough to hold your child back in case of a crash
  • The chest strap should be at chest level,  not at the belly. 

Digital Extra: How to install a child car seat

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