Free Child Seat Safety Checks

Free Child Seat Safety Checks
Posted on 08/13/2019
Free Child Seat Safety ChecksColumbia Fire & Rescue will be offering free child safety seat inspections on August 15, from 1-4:00 p.m. at Columbia Fire & Rescue Station 1, located at 1000 South Garden Street, according to Columbia Fire & Rescue Chief Ty Cobb. Those interested should enter the rear parking lot from South High Street.

Columbia firefighters who are certified as technicians will be checking safety seats and booster seats to make sure they are up-to-date and installed correctly. Columbia Fire & Rescue advises parents to bring their children to the event so they can ensure the child is correctly fastened into the seat. A few free car seats will be available for families in need.

Certified Columbia Fire & Rescue firefighters will provide this life-saving service to the community, as well as child safety seats for those experiencing financial need, through a partnership with the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation and funding support from General Motors Foundation in the amount of $10,000. Additional car seat safety events will be held during the next 12 months with additional funds provided by the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation.

“Our strong partnership with GM Spring Hill and UAW Local 1853 allows us to work together to ensure the safety and welfare of our communities! Ensuring the safety of our most precious cargo — our children — should be the top priority every time we get behind the wheel of a vehicle,” stated Cobb. “We are grateful to the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation for their assistance in sustaining these efforts into the future.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), research shows that 59 percent of car seats are installed are used incorrectly and 37 percent of children killed in car crashes in 2017 were unrestrained.  

“General Motors is committed to serving and improving communities around the world, with a vision of making them smarter, safer and more sustainable. This vision is made possible through the diligent work of nonprofit partners,” said, Ken Knight, plant executive director.”   

Contact: Ty Cobb