It is very important to have your child's car seat checked by someone who has been trained and certified. The Batavia Fire Department offers this free service to everyone, whether or not you live in Batavia.
Are you doing enough to keep your child safe in the car? Illinois law requires that children younger than 8 years old be seated in an appropriate child restraint, but there is more to the issue. Many factors affect proper selection and use of restraints, and your child is depending on you.
Fast facts from the Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), Fact and Trend Report, Oct 19, 2005:
The single most important life-saving decision parents can make for their child is to use the rear seat and age- and size-appropriate restraint during every car ride, every time. - Flaura Winston, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator of the PCPS Children's Hospital/State Farm study.
Every trip in the car is potentially dangerous, but using the right restraints in the right way can literally prevent injury or death to your child, even in a severe crash. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
A trained technician can teach you how to choose and use the correct restraint for your child.