Department of Highways, District 11
Child seat inspection program visits London Program aims to keep Kentucky’s children safe

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 04, 2008  
Contact Information:  Chuck Wolfe
Erin Goin
502-564-1438 (W)
502-229-0581 (C)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Office of Highway Safety, hosted a free child safety seat inspection today at the Laurel County Fire Department in London. Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians inspected the child seats for proper installation and recalls and educated parents on the proper usage.

Erin Goin, manager of the Child Passenger Safety Program, said of the nine seats inspected, only two were installed properly.  One seat was replaced due to a recall.  “This is an example of how state and local agencies can work together to help save lives,” Goin said. “Through educating parents, we hope to increase safety and minimize the risk of injury to or death for many children.”

The Lake Cumberland Area Development District, Laurel County Fire Department and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement were local sponsors of the event.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics indicate that over 90 percent of child safety seats in the United States are not correctly installed.  When used correctly, child safety seats are 71 percent effective in reducing infant fatalities, 67 percent effective in reducing the need for hospitalization and 54 percent effective in reducing fatalities for children ages 1 to 4, according to the agency.

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