October 3, 2013

Maury Regional Medical Center to offer free car seat safety inspections

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for children in the United States. To help parents determine if their child’s car seat is properly fitted and installed, Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will offer a car seat inspection station on Saturday, October 19. Free car seat safety checks will be conducted from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Medical Office Building on the MRMC campus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), placing children in car seats and booster seats appropriate for their age and size can reduce serious and fatal injuries by more than half. Car seat laws determine what type of seat should be used for children, depending on their age and size.

“Studies have shown that the absolute best way to protect a child while riding in a vehicle is to place them in a properly fitted and installed car seat,” said Beth Himes, administrative director of children’s services at MRMC. “We hope that parents in our community will take advantage of this free opportunity to find out if their child’s car seat is as safe as possible.”

During the inspection station on October 19, a technician certified by the Tennessee Child Passenger Safety Center will check the installation of car seats to determine if they are properly installed. Parents will also receive information about car seat safety.

Advance registration is not required. For more information, call 931.490.7046.