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Johnson County Schedules Free Child Safety Seat Check
IOWA CITY (CBS 2/FOX 28) --
Parents know the importance of having their child secured in a safety seat while traveling in a vehicle.
According to www.safekids.org, an improperly installed child car seat can put a child at risk for serious injury or even death in the case of a car accidenT, and over 80% of all car seats in the United States are improperly installed.
To help make sure that children are safely strapped in, Safe Kids Johnson County, in partnership with the Iowa City Fire Department, will offer a free Child Safety Seat Check on Wednesday, July 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Fire Station #4, located at 2008 N. Dubuque Road in Iowa City. A trained technician will provide education and assistance on proper safety seat installation. Parents, grandparents, childcare providers, and others who travel with children in the car are invited to bring their vehicle, child, and child safety seat to the event. Appointments are not required, but may be made by calling Mercy On Call at 319.358.2767 or by visiting mercyiowacity.org.
The State of Iowa's Child Restraint Law requires that:
•a child under one year of age and weighing less than 20 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing child restraint system;
•a child from age 1 up to the age of 6 must be secured in a child restraint system such as a safety seat or, for older children, a booster seat -- not a seat belt;
•a child from age 6 to age 11 must be secured in a child restraint system or by a seat belt; and
•rear seat occupants up to the age of 18 must be secured by a seat belt.
For more information on the Child Safety Seat Checks, visit the Safe Kids Facebook page at Safe Kids Johnson County (IA) or contact Fire Marshal Grier at 319.356.5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.