McHenry police to provide free child passenger safety checks

McHENRY – The McHenry Police Department will conduct “National Seat Check Saturday” Sept. 22 in the 2200 block of North Richmond Road.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents, grandparents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.

The event, part McHenry’s participation in National Child Passenger Safety Week, is free. It is one of 80 Illinois events sponsored by AAA, Secretary of State, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the McHenry Police Department.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Each day in 2010, about two children 12 or younger were killed and 325 were injured in passenger vehicles, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The focus of this year’s Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois is increasing awareness with grandparents.

Research recently released by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia indicates grandparents are less likely to follow best-practice guidelines for transporting their grandchildren, putting youngsters at greater risk for injury or death in the event of a crash.

For information on Child Passenger Safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov or www.buckleupillinois.org.

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