Ranzenhofer encourages parents to get their child’s car seat checked


    Sponsors free car seat safety check this Saturday

    State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check this Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 165 Park Road in Batavia.

    “Every parent knows installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to check your child’s car seat.  I encourage all parents, as well as grandparents, to stop by to have their child’s car seat checked this Saturday morning.  Even if you may think it has already been installed properly, it never hurts to double-check,” said Ranzenhofer. 

    “Many parents don't know the importance of having their child properly secured in a car seat to prevent serious injury if involved in a car crash.  This is a great opportunity for parents to learn how to properly install their child's car seat and there is no charge for this service,” said Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats decrease the risk of fatalities in cars by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for children, ages 1 to 4 years old.  An inspection of 3,500 car seats in a study found that 72 percent were not correctly installed.

    The program is being held in conjunction with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, LeRoy Police Department and City of Batavia Fire Department.

    Car seats are inspected on a first-come, first-served basis.  An appointment is not necessary.  Residents can contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s District Office at (716) 631-8695 for more information.