Valley experts offer free car-seat safety checks Feb. 21

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Brad Denny By Brad Denny

A car seat can save a life, but only if it is properly installed. 

To ensure every child is safe, a number of free car seat safety checks will be offered around the Valley on Feb. 21 courtesy of The Safe Kids Coalition of Maricopa County. Events will run from 8 a.m. until noon.

Car seat events will take place across the Valley at the following locations:

  • East Valley: Superstition Springs Target (Power Rd & US 60) - 1525 S Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206
  • North Phoenix: Desert Ridge Target (Tatum Blvd & 101) - 21001 N Tatum Blvd Ste 20, Phoenix, AZ 85050
  • West Valley: Target (Litchfield Rd & McDowell Rd) - 1515 N Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85395
  • South Phoenix: South Mountain Park (Central & Dobbins) - 10919 S Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042 

During the event, parents and guardians can have their car seat examined by a certified child passenger safety technician. Representatives from Valley fire, police, NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals) and child health organizations will be on hand. 

Some common car seat mistakes include:

  • Seats installed too loosely. If the seat moves more than an inch in any direction, you need to use your weight to tighten the belt.
  • Turning forward too soon. Experts suggest kids stay in the rear-facing position until they turn 2 or reach height and weight limits for their seats.
  • Failing to use a booster. A 2012 Arizona law requires kids 5-8 years old or those shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches to ride in a booster seat.