EMMC, Safe Kids Maine, Quirk Chevrolet to Hold Free Car Seat Safety Check Event

09/19/2016

Parents go to great lengths to keep their children safe, but one of the easiest ways to reduce the chance of harm, ensuring the proper use of car seats, is often overlooked. Eastern Maine Medical Center is teaming up with Safe Kids Maine to combat one of the leading causes of death among children by holding a free car seat inspection event on Saturday, September 24 from 10am to 1pm at Quirk Chevrolet.

“Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly,” says Duska Thurston, MD, a pediatric faculty member at EMMC’s Family Medicine Residency Program. “This puts children at significant risk. EMMC is participating in this clinic because we know that just a few minutes of time with a certified inspector can make children safer.”

The clinic is ideal for families who have not checked to see if their car seat is on a recall list, are unsure if they are using their car seat correctly, or may have an incorrect size seat for the their child. The clinic is also a good opportunity for pregnant women to get their car seat checked.

“The act of using a car seat is important, but parents must make sure they are using it correctly,” says Suzanne Grace, state coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Maine. “At this clinic, we will evaluate each child’s car seat and share tips to help families understand what to buy, install car seats correctly, determine the right fit, and know when to change to a larger seat. It is a great way to finish up Child Passenger Safety Week.”

Drop-ins are welcome. This free car seat inspection event is made possible thanks to the support of EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.