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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.
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:
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.