Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Child car seat checks keep safety in mind

April 26, 2007

Police officers inspecting child car seats this past weekend at MidAmerican Bank & Trust had one goal on their minds.

"Our job is to make sure that every kid that comes here leaves safer than when they arrived," Lansing Police Officer Brian Duncan said.

Officers were at the bank Saturday morning and early afternoon doing inspections for anyone who came by.

"It's never worth a child's life to put them into a seat that's not safe," he said

Duncan said some common problems officers saw at the checks were the infant seats being installed too loosely, and the clip holding the straps together down too low on the child's chest.

The seats should not move more than an inch from side to side and the clip should be level with the child's shoulders, he said.

Officers also checked to see if any of the car seats they inspected had been recalled by the manufacturer.

If the seat was recalled or a problem was found with the car seat, a replacement was offered on the spot by the Police Department. The only thing requested was a donation so car seats could continue to be purchased for car seat checks, Duncan said.

Duncan reminded parents that any child car seat involved in a high collision accident or more than 7 years old needed to be replaced.

Marty Massing, Lansing resident, stopped by the car seat check because she saw it from the road. She said she had seven children and wanted to be sure they were safe.

"I think everyone should come out and get their seatbelts and car seats checked," she said.

A 2006 Kansas law requiring children ages 4 through 7 to be in booster seats made this car seat check especially important, Duncan said.

Although the law went into effect July 1, 2006, officers have only issued warnings to those not complying. On July 1, 2007, officers will begin to issue tickets if a child between those ages is not in a booster seat, Duncan said.

If parents are interested in having their car seats checked, they can call the Lansing

Police Department and set up an appointment, Duncan said.

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