For the past several years, the police department has offered child car seat inspections. The inspections are free of charge. How important is having a child car seat properly installed in your vehicle? Just look at these remarkable statistics:
• Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children between the ages of 3 - 14.
• Car crashes kill more children each year than all childhood diseases combined.
• Most vehicle crashes occur at speeds less than 40 mph and within 25 miles of home.
• Nationally, nine out of every 10 car seats are being used improperly.
• The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and by 54% for children ages 1 to 4 years.
Use of a child safety seat is not only a good idea, it's the law. The Child Passenger Safety Act (KSA 8 -1343) mandates all children under the age four to be in a federally approved child safety seat. Children ages four to eight years must be in a federally approved child safety seat/booster unless the child weighs more than 80 lbs. or is taller than 4'9". Children 8 years of age but under 14 must be protected by a safety belt. This law applies to all passenger cars designed for carrying fewer than 10 passengers.
Scheduling a child car seat inspection is easy. You can request an appointment online at opkansas.org. Click on OPCares and then "Child Car Seat Inspection." If you don't have access to a computer, you can schedule an appointment by calling 913-895-6419.