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Child car seat safety check up, Jan. 26

If you have children riding in your vehicle, it’s important that they are properly restrained to prevent injury in case of an accident. Safe Kids Johnson County, a program of Johnson County's Department of Health and Environment, in coordination with community partners, will offer a free child passenger safety seat check-up event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at McCarthy Chevrolet, 675 N. Rawhide, Olathe. Inside of the service department, trained car seat safety specialists will examine child car seats for proper use, installation, age/size appropriateness and will alert parents to any recalled products. Safety checks take approximately 30 minutes per seat. The child must be present unless the participating parent(s) is expecting. This is a great way for parents and caregivers to ensure their children are buckled up right.

Of those kids who are buckled up, three out of four are not restrained properly or are sitting in a seat that is incorrectly installed. Child car seats are extremely effective when correctly used and installed—reducing the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.         

Safe Kids Johnson County, Pilot Club of Shawnee Mission, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics and McCarthy Chevrolet are co-sponsoring these lifesaving safety checks.

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