Car Seat Safety a Focus Next Week
Here are some important reminders for parents and caregivers.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is encouraging parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of child safety seats and to take advantage of the state’s free resources and inspection services.
Indiana law requires all occupants and children to be properly restrained in a vehicle. Children under eight must be in a federally approved child or booster seat in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. From eight to 16, children are required to be in a booster seat or can wear a seat belt, depending on their size. Drivers are responsible and can be cited for each passenger under the age of 16 that isn’t properly restrained.
All week, free car seat clinics are being held across the state with a majority taking place Sept. 25, which is National Seat Check Saturday. Parents and caregivers can have their car seats inspected, get training on proper installation and have the seat installed by a certified car seat safety technician. They can also learn how to properly harness a child in the seat and check the seat for recalls.