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Del. Offers Child Safety Seat Checks

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DOVER, Del. – Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. Many of these deaths can be prevented by having your child restrained properly and in the correct child safety seat.

National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 14-20. The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will be handing out information to the community about child passenger safety including tip sheets, how to register your car seat, and where to find car seat fitting stations.

Fitting stations are located statewide and a certified child passenger safety technician will inspect the car seat for correct installation, or show you how to properly install a child seat.

Call for an appointment at Wilmington DMV (302) 434-3234, Dover DMV (302) 744-2749, or Delaware State Police Troop 7 (302) 387-2324.

Free child safety seat checks are available as well with no appointment necessary on Sept. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at Christiana Care Hospital in the Maternity Department and on Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. – noon at Dover DMV.

There are four steps for child safety as they grow; rear facing, forward facing, booster seat, and seat belt use. Delaware requires a child to be properly secured according to manufactures instructions in a child safety seat that is appropriate for the child's age, weight, and height up to 8 years old, or sixty-five pounds, whichever comes first. Children ages 8-16 must be secured in a seat belt.

Parents who would like to learn more about the 4 steps for child safety and to find the times and dates of car seat check locations can visit OHS website.

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