The New York State DMV and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee announced free child car seat inspections will be available to parents and caregivers during the month of August, in select counties, Cortland County being one of them. The inspections will be done by certified child passenger safety technicians. There are two events that are scheduled for Cortland County, the first is August 1st and the Second August 8th. Both are by appointment only.
Trained technicians will use the model of “Learn, Practice, and Explain” to educate each caregiver on how to select a child restraint that will fit their child, fit their vehicle and be used correctly every time.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars. In 2012, a survey by the NHTSA found that 20 percent of all drivers of child passengers did not read any instructions on how to properly install their child restraints, yet 90 percent felt “confident” or “very confident” that their car seats and booster seats were installed correctly.
Wednesday, August 1st
9:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
Marathon WIC Clinic, Marathon Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Marathon
Wednesday, August 8th
Cincinnatus WIC Clinic, Cortland-Chenango Rural Services, Lower Cincinnatus Road, Cincinnatus
An appointment is required for both of these checks. Call ReBecca Smith at (607) 758-5509 at the Cortland County Health Department to signup.