Free Car Seat Safety Checks to be offered in Bangor


111109_NHTSA_641_v1_H.jpgOn the heels of a highly successful September car seat safety check event, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Safe Kids Maine, and Quirk Chevrolet are offering free safety checks on Saturday, December 10.

“Since 73 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly or used improperly, it is really important for parents to get them checked out,” says Duska Thurston, MD, a pediatric faculty member at EMMC’s Family Medicine Residency Program. “When used properly, car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. It’s one of the most important things parents can do to keep their children safe.”

The safety checks take about 15 minutes and are ideal for families who are unsure if they are using their car seat correctly, may have an incorrect size seat for their child, or do not know if their car seat has ever been recalled.

“Our friendly team will evaluate each child’s car seat, answer questions, and provide tips to help parents understand the ins and outs of car seat use,” says Suzanne Grace, state coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Maine.  

The clinic will be take place between 10 am and 1 pm at Quirk Chevrolet, 293 Hogan Road. Making an appointment is highly recommended by visiting This free car seat inspection event is made possible thanks to the support of EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.