Car seat safety check

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A day after a huge recall for baby-car seats, Lake Area residents get educated on how to properly install them.

After getting in some last minute Christmas shopping at the Prien Lake Mall, parents and grandparents rode through the car seat checkpoint, where nationally trained certified car seat technicians checked the seats to not only see if it was installed correctly, but that it was appropriate for the child's age, weight and height.

Alisa Stevens, Child Safety Coordinator with the Office of Public Health says, "Nine in ten car seats are not installed properly. We also see parents who are trying to turn the car seats around before the child is at the right age and weight. Children must be a year old and 20 pounds before the car seat can be turned face forward."

"I learned that it should be attached by the seat belts and that there should be no more than one inch leeway when you try to wiggle the car seat. So I think it is installed safely now so I'm happy," said Sherry Bridges.

"I was surprised to find out that my child's car seat was not installed properly," said Christy Perkins. "Leaving, I now feel safer, especially during the holidays - people are crazy right now and driving wild trying to get that last minute Christmas shopping done."

Saturday's event was a joint effort by Louisiana State Police and the Office of Public Health. Anyone wanting more information can call 475-3219.

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