FREE EVENT: Car seat safety check

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
(News at 11)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- Sometimes it can feel like you need an applied science degree to figure out a car seat. Local partners want to make it easier for you.

News 12 partnered with Safe Kids at Milton Ruben on Saturday for a day of car seat safety checks. Technicians were available to make sure seats were properly installed, cross-checking the car seat manuals, with vehicle manuals, to ensure seat compatibility.

Safe Kids says they find that nearly all car seats checked, were previously installed wrong. If you missed the event today, there's still year-round opportunities for safety tips and tools. Safe Kids website.

Friday, September 28, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Parents, we know it can feel like you need an engineering degree to install a car seat. That's why News 12 is teaming up with SafeKids for a car seat safety check.

Renee McCabe is an injury prevention specialist and the Safe Kids coordinator at Augusta Health. She helps hundreds of parents with their car seats every year.

"Over 90% of the car seats we inspect are incorrect. We don't see parents using booster seats," she explained.

It's a job she's passionate about.

"I've seen kids in motor vehicle crashes that we've provided a car seat to, and they come back because they were in a crash, and their child was perfectly fine," she said.

Her team of car seat safety technicians will be available to check your car seat for free this weekend.

That's happening Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Milton Ruben Superstore on Washington Road. The event is free to anyone who attends.

Jeffrey Davis, an Augusta University police officer and child protective seat technician will be there Saturday, checking seats.

"What would you pay to have that time back? To just make sure it was done right," he said.

For more information on car seat safety, head over to the Safe Kids website.