Ranzenhofer organizes car seat safety check
• 3 out of 4 kids’ car seats are not being used correctly
• Vehicle crashes: leading cause of death for kids, ages 1 to 12
• Car seats decrease risk of fatality by 71% for infants, 54% for toddlers
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clarence High School parking lot, 9625 Main Street in Clarence.
“Every parents knows installing their child’s car seat isn’t as easy as a click of a seat belt, and the pages and pages of instructions that are included in the box doesn’t make it any easier either. That is why I am encouraging parents and grandparents to participate in a free safety check – so you won’t have to worry if your child’s or grandchild’s car seat is safely and properly secured while driving,” said Ranzenhofer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of every four car seats are unsecure due to improper usage. Car seats decrease the risk of fatality in cars by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
“The fact that as many as seventy-five percent of car seats are not properly secured due to incorrect use is a number which is too high and too risky. It is my hope that residents will take advantage of the upcoming safety check, and this alarming statistic will improve. Even if you think your car seat may be okay, it never hurts to double-check,” said Ranzenhofer.
Senator Ranzenhofer recently sponsored car seat safety checks earlier this summer in Batavia and Amherst.
The program is being held in conjunction with the New York State Police and Erie County Sheriff’s Department. Car seats are inspected on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Residents can contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s District Office at (716) 631-8695 for more information.