Child safety advocates campaign for registration of car seats

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Are your children as safe as they can be when riding in the car? That is the question federal transportation agencies and safety organizations want parents to ask themselves this week during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

When small children are belted into their car seats, it’s often assumed they are as safe as possible.

But the year 2014 saw more than six million car seats recalled in the U.S. for a safety defect, and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says fewer than half of those car seats actually received the repair they needed.

That’s a point that NHTSA and other child safety advocates are highlighting this week, which they’ve tagged as “National Child Passenger Safety Week.”

They encourage parents to fill out the product registration card that comes with a new car seat. Without it, manufacturers may lack the information to get in contact with those parents, when an item is recalled.

In addition to those information cards, parents can also register a car seat online at the government website safercar.gov/parents. All that’s needed is the model number and date of manufacture for a car seat.

Also crucial to keeping small passengers safe is making sure seats are properly installed in the back seat.

Hawaii will participate in National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 19 at the following locations and times:

Oahu
Waipio Shopping Center, Waipahu
94-1040 Waipio Uka Street
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Maui
Maui Marketplace, Kahului
270 Dairy Road
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hawaii County
Target, Hilo
391 E. Makaala Street
10 a.m. to noon

Lanihau Center, Kona
75-5595 Palani Road
10 a.m. to noon

Waimea Fire Station, Waimea
67-5175 Kamamalu Street
10 a.m. to noon

Kauai will also hold a community seat check on Friday, Sept. 18 at:

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, Lihue
4431 Nuhou Street
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

All parents and caregivers are invited to attend these free events.

While this week will bring hundreds of clinics across the country with certified child passenger safety technicians, it’s actually a service offered year-round. For locations, look to safekids.org.

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