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How safe is your child in the vehicle? Oklahoma Health Department offers free car seat check

Car seat checks

OKLAHOMA CITY – How often do you check your child’s car seat to make sure it’s safe?

Here’s your chance.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is sponsoring a free “Car Seat Check Event” today, June 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the agency’s offices located at 1000 NE 10th Street in Oklahoma City.

Car seat checks will be conducted in the circle drive near the visitor parking entrance.

Infant and children’s car seats will be checked for correct installation.

Replacement seats will be available to families that currently receive WIC (Women, Infants and Children Program), are WIC-eligible, or are SoonerCare members.

Proper car seat installation is important to help prevent deaths and serious injuries during car crashes. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in 2012, more than 4,300 children, infant to age 8, were occupants in motor vehicle crashes. Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in a crash by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.

For more information about this Saturday’s car seat check event, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at 271-3430 and ask for Regina McCurdy.