Child passenger safety technicians to offer free car seat safety checks


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Parent buckling her child’s seat belt in the car.

By Aidan Bengford

DeKALB – Free car seat safety checks are being offered, for free, by the Illinois Department of Transportation on Saturday. Safety checks will be available at Lehan’s Drugs, 1407 S. 4th St., and the Sycamore Police Department, 535 Dekalb Ave.

During the free event, Child Passenger Safety Technicians will explain how to choose and use car seats, booster seats and seat belts correctly.

“National Seat Check Saturday is an opportunity to make sure your child is safe in the correct car seat or booster seat,” said Cynthia Watters, IDOT’s bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering in a news release.

It is estimated that four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly, this has led to traffic crashes being a leading cause of death among children. 

For more information on car seat safety or to locate a certified technician, visit NHTSA’s website. To learn more about IDOT’s Child Passenger Safety program and locate a Seat Check Saturday event near you, see Buckle Up Illinois’s website.