Child Passenger Safety Week 2015 kicks off today

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Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Listen up parents and caregivers! It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week, and Safe Kids Georgia is urging everyone to make sure their car seats and booster seats are as safe as possible for the little ones.

"I’ve seen some of them that are not installed correctly at all, and they would almost perform in a way that would hurt the child more than help them," said Tim Allen, owner of Children’s Fair off of Lee Hwy.

Allen is a certified car seat technician for installation and safety checks, and said properly installing a child’s car or booster seat is extremely important because it can reduce the risk of accident-related deaths by as much as 71 percent.

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Last year alone more than six million car seats were recalled for safety defects, one of the largest car seat recalls in U.S. history. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, less than half of those seats were never repaired.

Allen said that could have been avoided if more parents filled out the registration card that comes with every new car seat, "A lot of parents don’t. You know sometimes the recall is not a major thing… it may just be double-checking something that they’ve seen come up on a couple of seats."

Other child safety tips include double-checking the expiration date on the child’s seat, because having an expired seat is just as dangerous as not having one at all. Also, always know where the seat came from, and that it hasn’t been used in an accident before.

For more questions about a child safety seat, visit one of the free weekly check-points at the following locations or contact the Safe Journey Program Staff at 893-3503 ext. 3 for an appointment.

Safe Journey Child Passenger Safety Monthly Checkpoints:

1st Tuesday – 2-4 p.m. – Chuck E. Cheese
22 Northgate Park
Chattanooga, TN 37415

2nd Tuesday – 12-2 p.m. – Former K-Mart
4801 Highway 58
Chattanooga, TN 37416
423-899-3232

3rd Tuesday – 12-2 p.m. – AAA Auto Club South
2111 Gunbarrel Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423-490-2000

4th Tuesday – 12-2 p.m.  – Walgreens
600 North Market Street
(At the corner of Frazier and North Market)
Chattanooga, TN 37415
423-622-4397