St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children will offer free car seat inspections on Saturday, Sept. 21, at its Bayside campus in recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week. Appointments are required in advance and can be made by calling (718) 281-8571. Inspections will be held at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, 29-01 216 St., Bayside.
According to the New York Department of Health, each year in New York more than 4,500 children up to age eight are treated at hospitals for injuries from motor vehicle accidents. Research shows that 75 percent of children are riding at risk because their car seats are not being used correctly. Using a safety seat the right way reduces the risk of child passenger fatalities by 71 percent and serious injury risk by 67 percent.
St. Mary’s continues to be a leader in promoting child safety and for the past 12 years has been working with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to train families on how to properly install infant, toddler and booster seats. In their work, St. Mary’s certified child passenger safety technicians have found that over 90 percent of car seats are improperly installed.
Spanish-speaking technicians are available. Appointments are also available year-round if you cannot make this event.