Child Car Seat Safety Checks
Did you know Child Car Seat Checks are scheduled at the Norwich Township Fire Department? They are offered by appointment only and at no cost through Central Ohio Safe Kids. Car Seat Checks are currently scheduled on the first and the third Saturday of each month at Fire Station 81, 5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026. Beginning January of 2020, Car Seat Checks are scheduled on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
Scheduling: Please plan on 30 minutes for up to two car seat checks. If you have more than 2 carseats, please schedule two appointment times. If you would like to include a second vehicle, you will also need to schedule two appointment times. You may have the seat installed and ready to check or have our Certified representative install it for you. Either way, please have the car seat out of the box; bring the instructions for the car seat; and, bring your car manual instructions in case we need to reference them.
To Schedule a timeslot, click the following link and select the Car Seat Safety Inspection option. Available slots will appear in blue: Schedule Contact us at 614-876-7694 with questions or additional information.
If our dates don’t work for your calendar, click HERE for a list of other options offered throughout the Columbus area. AAA also provides a variety of locations by appointment listed here: http://traffic-safety.ohio.aaa.com/child-safety-seats/ and Safercar.gov provides car seat information including appointments in your area: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm?view=full
When you can't find an appointment in the area, our friends at Washington Township (Dublin, Ohio) created this very helpful video on how to install a seat correctly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvfDGlQuEko
Why schedule a car seat check?
Engineers and manufacturers continue to improve the design of both cars and car seats to keep kids as safe as possible. In order to take advantage of safety features, it’s up to parents to make sure car seats and boosters are installed correctly.
According to www.safekids.org, road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children. When child safety seats are correctly installed, the risk of death can be reduced by 71%.
Register your car seat
It’s also important to register your new or currently used car seat so that you can be notified about future recalls. You can complete the registration card that is included with your car seat and mail it in to the manufacturer. Typically you can also find an information sticker on the car seat that allows you to register online with your car manufacturer.
Keeping it Correct
Click HERE for tips from Safe Kids Worldwide on correct installation.