Georgia, Tennessee officials host car seat check event

Parents, caregivers advised to inspect car seats prior to upcoming holiday travel

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF) — With Thanksgiving just three days away, local Tennessee and Georgia officials held a car seat check event this afternoon in anticipation of holiday travel.

“Seats Across the States” was held at East Ridge’s Bass Pro Shops earlier today.

All parents, guardians, and caregivers who stopped by were provided with a free car seat check as well as child passenger safety tips.

“Our car seat misuse rate hovers around 65%,” said Julie Brewer, Director of the Tennessee Occupant Protection Center. “So, caregivers can use a little bit of advice from some of our expert technicians who are out here, [have] been through a training class and know a little more than the average bear about how to put a car seat in the car the right way and also how to make sure the child is the right size for that car seat.”

Brewer says making sure your child’s car seat is buckled in correctly is “critical” to preventing serious injuries — something neither parent nor child wants to experience over the holidays.

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