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Free car seat checks and advice to be offered June 9

An IU Health Blackford Hospital Release

— HARTFORD CITY – IU Health Blackford Hospital and Safe Kids of Blackford County urges parents to attend a free child car seat inspection clinic, 8am – noon, Saturday June 9 at Fincannon Ford in Hartford City.

At the clinic, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will perform an inspection, by appointment. Technicians will also instruct parents and caregivers in the proper installation and setup of their own specific car seats in their own vehicles.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 14. Correctly used car seats and booster seats are extremely effective, reducing the risk of death by as much as 71 percent, but nearly 73 percent of child restraints are not installed or used correctly, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For an appointment, call Joni Bertsch, 765.331-2116 or Tammy Caley, 765.331-5092. The service is free and the inspection usually takes 20 to 30 minutes per seat. An unsafe or outdated seat will be replaced free of charge with a limit of one per family. The child, child passenger seat, and vehicle must be present at the inspection.

Safe Kids of Blackford County works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. Its members include many local community organizations. Safe Kids Blackford County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids of Blackford County was founded in 2009 and is led by IU Health Blackford Hospital.

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