The COVID-19 pandemic closed down the state’s public car seat check point and fitting stations through the spring and summer, but many are back open in time for Child Passenger Safety Week, according to Vermont highway safety and health officials.
The safety week, which spans from Sept. 20 to Sept. 26, will end with a fitting station event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shelburne Police Department. It is the first fitting station event this year that will be open to the public since the start of the pandemic, and a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will be available to check car seats and their installation, according to a news release.
“Child passenger safety seats are designed to protect our youngest passengers in the event of a crash, but these seats cannot work as designed when they are not installed correctly,” Sid Bradley, coordinator of the Vermont Child Passenger Safety Program said.
Why should you get your child car seats checked?
46% of car seats are misused, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Car crashes are also a leading killer of children, the news release stated.
“Car seats, booster seats and seat belts can make all the difference,” the news release stated. “In 2017, an estimated 312 children ages 0-5 were saved because they were properly restrained in a car seat.”
Vermont has reopened 17 fitting stations across the state, which are taking appointments only. Those interested in visiting a fitting station can visit beseatsmart.org.
If you attend Saturday’s event
When? Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where? Shelburne Police Department, 5420 Shelburne Road.
Other information: Event organizers are asking those interested in attending to make an appointment so everyone can be screened before they arrive.
A table with masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the event, and organizers are asking all who attend to socially distance, the news release stated.
To make an appointment: Contact Lt. Allen Fortin of the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department at 802-316-0620 or Sid Bradley of the Vermont Child Passenger Safety Program at 802-734-0510.
Contact Elizabeth Murray at 802-651-4835 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @LizMurrayBFP.
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