Urging Car Seat Safety

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit is urging you to check your child’s car seat this spring.

The health unit hosts a series of car seat clinics throughout the year. Officials say often weather and warmer spring or winter clothing poses risk to children in cars seats that parents might not realize.

“When parents put on a snow suit or heavy clothing, what happens in a collision is that material can compress and loosen the harness straps, and the child may be ejected from the car seat,” says Public Health Nurse Shelley Charbonneau. “Often we see forward facing seats that aren’t tethered behind the seat, so we can inform parents of how to use that as well.”

According to public health, when a car seat is used correctly, children are 90% less likely to die in a serious crash. For more information on car seat clinics click here.