Get Car Seats Check During Child Passenger Safety Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2013
Draft Date: September 5, 2013
Free child safety seat clinics being held during Child Passenger
Helena– As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, certified
passenger safety technicians are hosting a free child safety seat
inspections across the state.
Certified child passenger safety technicians will check car seats for
proper installation at the following locations:
• Helena – September 12 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Montana
Association of Counties (MACo) Building, 2715 Skyway Drive, west of
• Butte – September 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the
Galena Street entrance of the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department
located at 120 South Idaho Street.
• Bozeman – September 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Bozeman
Ford located at 2900 North 19th Ave.
• Havre – September 21 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the Great
Northern Fairgrounds located at 1676 US Hwy 2 West.
• Missoula County – September 21 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the
Missoula Rural Fire Station 1 location at 2521 South Avenue West.
Another inspection will be held in Drummond at the Drummond Ambulance
Barn, 147 Frontage Road East, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
During the inspections, technicians will be available to answer
questions about choosing the right car seat, when children should
graduate to the next car seat and how to install the various types of
seats. Bring your car seat, the vehicle it is used in and the child
who uses it to this inspection event.
“Our state’s certified technicians are proud of the work they do,
because they can help prevent children from sustaining incapacitating
injuries and fatalities if they are in a crash,” Pam Buckman,
Montana’s occupant protection program manager from the Department of
According to Buckman, certified child passenger safety technicians
report that about 75 to 80 percent or four out of five of the car
seats checked are not installed properly. “This is a high number,
which means the services technicians offer are vital to the safety of
Montana children,” Buckman said.
In the last ten years, 44 children under the age of ten have died in
motor vehicle crashes in Montana.
If people cannot make it to the inspections, they can find permanent
inspection station locations and contact information, by going to:
Buckman urges parents to follow the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) recommendation to keep children in their
restraint types for as long as possible before moving them to the
next type of car seat. Many children are not tall enough to graduate
from a booster seat to a lap and shoulder belt alone until they are
at least 4’9” tall, which is about eight years or older. For maximum
safety, a parent should have their car seat installation inspected by
a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
For more information about the child seat safety inspection, contact
Pam Buckman at 406-444-0809.
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