Posted by Debra Worley- email
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children under the age of 14 so it's important car seats are properly installed.
Aside from being installed improperly, second-hand car seats can be a hidden danger for unsuspecting parents.
"In a tough economy, more used seats hit the market, and it's a bigger temptation to buy a second-hand seat," said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin in a statement. "I want to help citizens get the most for their money, but always keep their children safe."
Governor Bev Perdue has declared this week Child Passenger Safety Week in North Carolina.
Safe Kids Coalitions around the state will be hosting free seat education and seat check events, collecting unsafe seats and passing out a new checklist for parents and caregivers to help them determine whether or not a second-hand seat is safe.
Parents and caregivers should make sure any car seat they buy or borrow:
- Has no cracks in the frame or tears in the straps
- Has a readable label with the model number and date of manufacture
- Has manufacturer and installation instructions
- Has never been in a crash
For a list of recalled car seats and more information about seats that have been in a crash, click here.
Total Child Care in Wilmington will have a car seat check Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 2-6 pm, and Costco will hold one Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 am - 2 pm.