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Merrimack police to check kids' car seats as part of national safety initiative

By DEREK EDRY

Staff Writer

MERRIMACK – The Merrimack Police Department will offer free car seat safety inspections and education to parents and caregivers from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at its headquarters at 31 Baboosic Lake Road.

The event is part of National Seat Check Saturday. It also will include lessons on how to choose the right car seats for children, install and use them correctly, and register the seats so parents and caregivers will be notified if there is a recall. ...

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MERRIMACK – The Merrimack Police Department will offer free car seat safety inspections and education to parents and caregivers from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at its headquarters at 31 Baboosic Lake Road.

The event is part of National Seat Check Saturday. It also will include lessons on how to choose the right car seats for children, install and use them correctly, and register the seats so parents and caregivers will be notified if there is a recall.

“The goal is for all children that are being transported to be as safe as possible,” said community services officer Robert Kelleher.

Every 33 seconds, a child younger than 13 years old is involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The car seat inspections will be performed by Kelleher and fellow officer Bill Vandersyde, both of whom have completed a one-week child passenger safety certification course.

National Seat Check

Saturday is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sept. 18-24.

The NHTSA recommends keeping children facing the rear as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing the forward-facing seat, a child should be placed in a booster seat until big enough to fit seat belts properly without help from a booster seat.

The safest place for all kids younger than 13 is in the back seat.

All parents and caregivers are invited to this free event.

Derek Edry can be reached at 594-6589, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek.