DERRY — Safe Kids New Hampshire, Derry Police, Buckle Up NH Coalition and the Community Alliance for Teen Safety host a child passenger safety checkpoint event Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hood Commons, 55 Crystal Ave.
The checkpoint is free, drop-in event to help raise awareness of the dangers of improperly installed car seats and to provide an opportunity for parents to bring their used seats for proper disposal.
Incorrect use of car seats is widespread. Most parents believe they are installing their seats correctly, but, in fact, an estimated 82 percent of all child safety seats are not installed or used properly.
Children are three and a half more times to be seriously injured in a car crash in a seat that is not installed correctly than a child sitting in a properly installed seat.
In 2008, an estimated 168,000 children ages 14 and under were injured while riding in motor vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also states if a car seat has been in an accident most likely it cannot be used again.
Car seats have an expiration date stamped on the seat, on the tag or in the user manual.
If the date is unknown, the seat should be discarded.
Setting an old seat out for trash is also dangerous because someone may pick up the seat and decide to reuse it. Proper disposal of old seats is key.
At the event Nov. 3, child safety technicians will be on hand at the local checkpoint to show parents and caregivers how to install a car seat correctly.
Bring your child and all information on the seat.
“Think of it as a private lesson in the correct use of your car seat,” Safe Kids New Hamsphire’s Jo-Ellen Courtney said.
Safe Kids New Hampshire provides car seat checks throughout the year.
Inspections are free and take about 45 minutes.
For information, call 1-877-783-0432.