Local families get Car Seats Checked

Saturday proved to be a great day for several local families.  Not only were we in the Boston area privy to some fantastic Indian Summer weather, but some folks were able to get some piece of mind as well.

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Local family, Monica & Mike Roy, get their toddler's
car seat adjusted on Saturday, October 8th, at Elliot Whittier Insurance

Free Child/Infant car seat inspections were conducted at the Elliot Whittier Insurance offices at 12 Revere Street in Winthrop, MA with the help of local Winthrop Police Officer and certified inspector Steven Acone.  Officer Acone was aided by Officer Ferucio Romeo.

Child passenger restraint requirements vary based on age, weight and height. Often, this happens in three stages: infants use rear-facing infant seats; toddlers use forward facing child safety seats; and older children use booster seats.  What we found was, many families had questions about when was the appropriate time to upgrade their car seats, questions about expirations of car seats, and other pieces of advice that only someone like Officer Acone would be able to answer correctly.   

The NHTSA does have the following recommendations:

  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

 Elliot Whittier sponsors the Free Car Seat Inspections twice a year, normally once in the spring and once in the fall, as a community service event.   Parents and caregivers needing to have their car seats inspected but don't want to wait, may also call the Winthrop Police Department, or check for other locations online.   

 

 

What to do Next?

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