NE WI Parents Receive Free Lesson to Properly Install Car Seats - WBAY

NE WI Parents Receive Free Lesson to Properly Install Car Seats

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Saturday morning, parents in Green Bay received a free lesson to help keep their kids safe.

Experts point to car crashes as being the leading cause of death for young kids.

"I'm gonna take your fingers like this and see if you can pinch anything," a volunteer shows a parent.

The Center for Childhood Safety and Safe Kids Green Bay hosted a car seat safety event at Gandrud Chevrolet, showing parents the right way to install car seats.

Experts have found on average 80% of seats are somehow installed improperly.

"We work with certified technicians throughout the state," Kimberly Hess said, executive director for the Center for Childhood Safety. "It's free of charge."

Add to the mix hundreds of models and configurations, Hess said the goal is to bring clarity.

"A lot don't realize car seats have an expiration date," she said. "There's a weight limit on the car seats, you need to keep them rear-facing for a certain period of time."

Federal regulators are proposing a new rule, that for the first time ever, car seats would have to pass a simulated side-impact crash. The proposal has been years in the making.

It's currently in a 90-day comment period with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For more information on free local car seat testing, call the Center for Childhood Safety at (920) 448-7135.

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