(HELENA) Several dozen families got advice Thursday afternoon on how to make sure their child car seats are installed correctly.
Tri-County Buckle Up Montana hosted a free checkup event in Helena. Representatives from law enforcement agencies, the Montana Department of Transportation and other groups were all on hand to give parents pointers.
Officer Tyler Wood of the Helena Police Department was taking part in his first checkup event after going through a child safety technician course at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. He said he worked with parents on a wide variety of issues. Some of the most common included seats that weren’t secured tightly enough and harnesses that weren’t adjusted correctly.
“As a technician, our job is to make sure seats are installed properly, but also have the parents understand and have that knowledge, so that they can do it correctly in the future,” Wood said.
According to a statistic from the advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide, three-quarters of kids aren’t as safe as they should be in the car because their seats are installed or used incorrectly.
Organizers of Thursday’s event said they don’t have any more checkups planned in Helena at this time. If you want to make sure your car seat is ready to go, you can make an appointment with Tri-County Buckle Up Montana by calling (406) 324-1072.
Organizers also point parents to Safe Kids Worldwide’s guide on car seats, available here.