Troy police, firefighters offer car seat checks

Published 4:00 am Friday, July 31, 2015

Troy police and firefighters will offer free child safety seat checks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Walmart parking lot.

“We’ll be doing anything and everything Saturday,” said Officer Tim Ward said. “We’ll be making sure the seats are up to date and that they are not to worn down. Safety belts in car seats are just like seat belts. They stretch out, and if they are it’s not good anymore. We’ll also be looking for cracks in the shell of the safety seat.”

Ward said officers also would install car seats for parents.

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“We’ll also install them and show parents how to install the child’s safety seats,” Ward said. “If they want to take it out or don’t want to put it in at that moment, we’ll make sure that they are able to take it out and properly reinstall it when needed.”

Along with teaching parents how to install their children’s safety seats, Ward said police would advise parents about weight limits and age and size recommendations.

Ward said the biggest push for the event was to ensure that safety seats were installed properly because proper installation can be the difference between life and death for a child.

“This is something that I always love to do,” Ward said.

“I’ve been working with law enforcement for a while, and we never want to see a child on the side of the road after an accident because their car seat isn’t installed properly.”

Ward said the check up is completely event is entirely free and encouraged any and all parents to come out.

“There are no appointments necessary,” Ward said.

“People can just show up. There will be quite a few people there to check car seats. It’ll be a fun day, and everyone is welcome.”