In 2011, 11 kids in South Carolina died in car crashes that weren’t restrained properly, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Safe Kids Upstate says many parents are using car seats, but they may be using them incorrectly.
“It is very tricky and not doing it correctly it doesn’t mean that you’re a bad parent. It just means that you are one of the 8 out of 10 that install in incorrectly. And so we’re just here to help you learn how to install that seat correctly everytime,” said Safe Kids Upstate Manager Cynthia Fryer.
Federal law requires you to keep your child facing backwards in a car seat until they are 1 year old and 20 pounds. After that they may face forward in the back seat, but remain in a car seat.
Move your child to a booster seat when they outgrow the weight limit of their car seat. NHTSA recommends somewhere between four and seven years.
Your child must stay in some sort of child restraint seat until they are 4’9″ and 80 pounds.
Safe Kids Upstate recommends that you don’t let your child ride in the front seat until they are 12 years old.
To make sure that you have your car seat installed correctly, Safe Kids Upstate has several locations where you can get your car seat checked by appointment.
Those locations are as follow:
-Easley Fire Department, Station 2 on Glenwood Road in Easley
-Greer Fire Department on W. Poinsett Street in Greer
-Medshore Ambulance on Medshore Way in Greenville
-Bradshaw Automotive Breakaway on Woodruff Road in Greenville
-Parker Fire Department, Station 3 on State Park Road in Greenville
-Seneca Fire Department on W. South 4th Street in Seneca
For more information from Safe Kids Upstate you can call 864-454-1109.
Other locations include the Anderson Fire Department. The will have checks from 11am to 2pm on the third Thursday of the month through December.
Safe Kids of Spartanburg is hosting a free child seat safety check at Chevrolet of Spartanburg Saturday morning, that runs 10am to 1pm.
They also hold an inspection station at Spartanburg Regional on the last Thursday of every month. To make an appointment for that, call 864-560-6845.