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Londonderry

September 26, 2013

Car seat event helps keep kids safe

Experts make sure car seats are properly installed

LONDONDERRY — Parents always want to make sure they are doing it right when it comes to keeping children safe.

A steady stream of cars lined up in the Matthew Thornton Elementary School parking lot Saturday for a car seat safety checkup event hosted by Londonderry’s Child Passenger Safety Program.

Certified technicians and volunteers were on hand to give parents valuable information and also check child car seats to make sure installation was correct. The program was scheduled in advance of a revised booster seat law that goes into effect in January 2014. That changes the weight and age of children who must remain in car seats longer.

Members of Londonderry Police Explorer Post 1137 helped at the event, directing traffic and helping parents fill out paperwork.

“There are so many aspects of (seat) installation, we educate the parents, we help them learn how to install seats properly,” volunteer Jeannine Curro said.

Vinny Curro, a child passenger safety technician, said the booster seat law will be upgraded to mean any child up to the age of 7, or up to 57 inches tall must be in a child restraint seat.

“It’s good to get the word out,” he said.

He said about 30 seats are checked during an average car seat event.

“We make recommendations,” Curro said. “But we never make changes unless the parent or caregiver gives approval.”

Tara Banks came to the event to make sure she was doing everything right.

“I heard about this, so I had to get here and have it checked,” she said.

Londonderry hosts regular safety programs for families including car seat checks, bicycle safety and other topics.

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