Northwestern Press

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Car seat checks

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Allentown

The Allentown Health Bureau and its partner agencies will conduct two car seat check events in the city next week as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from Sept. 15-21.

The first car seat check will be held 9 a.m. – noon Sept. 19 at Cedar Beach Park Parking Lot, 2600 Parkway Blvd, Allentown.

For appointments, call 610-402-2733.

The second safety check will take place 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at Lehigh Valley Pediatrics, 401 N 17th St, Allentown.

For appointments at this safety check, call 484-523-5254.

These two free car seat check events are open to the public.

This campaign is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible – every trip, every time.

This year’s theme, “Click it Tight. It’s Worth Their Life to do it Right” highlights the need for all children to buckle-up using the right car seat, booster seat, or seat belt every time they travel.

Using a car seat that is age – and size-appropriate is the best way to keep a child safe.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency in 2017, 312 children under five years of age were saved because they were using restraints.

In Pennsylvania, children under the age of two must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat.

Children must ride in a booster until their eighth birthday.

This service is being provided by the Allentown Health Bureau in conjunction with the Safe Kids Coalition of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, the Bethlehem Health Bureau, the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, the Highway Safety Network and Lehigh Valley Pediatrics.

Appointments are not required but are strongly encouraged.

For information on car seats, car seat safety or how to get your child seat inspected at another date, contact the Allentown Health Bureau at 610-437-7760 or injuryprevention@allentownpa.gov.