Thousands of car dealers around the country will host free child safety seat inspections at their dealerships in September as part of Child Passenger Safety month. It's the fifth consecutive year that the National Automobile Dealers Association has sponsored the inspection campaign known as "Boost for Safety" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Statistics prove that an inspection is worth the time. In inspections of more than 1 million car safety seats over the past five years, NADA dealers have found that nine out of 10 seats were either incorrectly installed or needed to be replaced.
Automobile accidents injure or kill more than 40,000 child passengers under age 4, and more than 50,000 children between ages 4 and 8 each year, according to the NHTSA.
For a list of dealers participating in the free safety seat inspections, visit www.nada.org.
- Deirdre Wilson