Child passenger safety checkup set in College Place

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COLLEGE PLACE — To help families make sure their child is using the proper car seat and that it is secured correctly, the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force will host a child passenger safety checkup event on Sunday at the College Place Fire Department, 629 S. College Ave.

A certified technician will be available to help parents and caregivers. In Walla Walla County, an average of 90 PERCENT of car seats are used incorrectly — meaning either the seat is installed wrong or the child is not secured properly, according to a news release.

With winter weather coming, parents are reminded that bulky coats should be removed before securing children in car seats.

Other points to consider are: Keep children rear facing to upper weight limits of the rear facing car seat (around age 2); make sure children fit the lap and shoulder belt correctly before moving them out of their booster seat — don’t go by just age and height; and remember children under the 13 years old are required by state law to ride in the back seat whenever possible.

For questions on the checkup event or correct car seat use, call the Traffic Safety Task Force at 524-2936.

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