Children's Car Seat Safety Checkup set for July 20

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children and according to the National Safety Council, correctly used children's car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. Unfortunately, nearly 73% of car seats are not installed correctly.

Before properly installing the car seat, parents must first make sure the car seat they selected is appropriate for their child. Choosing the right car seat is complicated at best. Infant, convertible, booster, rear-facing, front-facing: Which is correct for a child's age and weight? When are they ready for a seat belt? These are some of the questions technicians from the National Safety Council will answer at their "Child Car Seat Checkup." They will also teach parents and grandparents how to properly install a car seat, and correctly use booster seats and seat belts.

The National Safety Council Car Seat Checkup will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at NSC headquarters, 1121 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL.

You must reserve a checkup time and be sure to bring the car seat your child uses to the appointment.