Safe Kids Cherokee and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will be hosting a car seat event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Lowe’s at 575 Molly Lane in Woodstock.
Residents with children are encouraged to get their car seats inspected at the event. For a small donation, Safe Kids Cherokee will have car seats and boosters available for those who need a seat.
With more than 2,600 children under the age of 13 involved in a car crash every day, or one child every 33 seconds, parents need to be extra vigilant about keeping kids safe in cars, group officials said in a statement. And while most families put kids in car seats, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 59% of car seats are not installed correctly.
In Georgia, there is legislation to ensure children are riding in child passenger restraint systems while in a passenger motor vehicle. According to the state code of Georgia, children under 8 years of age must ride in an approved child restraint system, and the driver shall provide proper restraint of a child in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for such child’s height and weight and is approved by the U.S. government. It is very important for parents and caregivers to understand that, while the law is important to know, it is also critical to understand what the best practice for children who ride in car seats is and knowing the appropriate car seat to use.