Ilion police will participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week, in conjunction with the state, on Thursday, Sept. 19, when officers will conduct a child passenger safety seat inspection.
The inspection will take place at the police station at 55 First St., from 3 to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Those who want to make reservations may call 894-9911.
Three certified child passenger safety seat technicians will be available to perform the inspections to ensure parents and caregivers are properly securing their children within the correct and appropriate vehicle safety equipment based on the age and size of the child.
Parents and caregivers should bring their children to the inspection since the exact size of the child is important when it comes to installing the correct equipment.
Police said parents and caregivers frequently misuse the proper restraints. According to police, three out of four children are riding at an increased risk of injury because their car seats aren’t being used correctly. Police also said motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 12.
Police said according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 64 percent of the children who died in motor vehicle accidents in 2010 were restrained at the time.
Police will replace car seats during the inspection for free if it is determined the seat in the vehicle is inappropriate for the child. Parents and caregivers will also receive information that will be distributed during the check about National Child Passenger Safety Week, observed from Sept. 15 to 21.
The Ilion Police Department is designated as a car seat inspection station and accepts appointments throughout the year for child passenger safety seat inspections. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to call and schedule the free appointments.
Educational materials and replacement child safety seats were purchased using funding provided by the state Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Ilion Police Department has successfully applied and received this grant for the past four years.