Officials eye safety of seats

PERTH -The goal behind a recent inspection of children’s safety seats is simple, an official said: Have the children leave the event safer than when they arrived.

“A lot of parents don’t realize the car seats they have aren’t right for their child and we’re trying to help them,” Suzanne Wells, a member of the Montgomery County Traffic and Safety Board, said. “We’re here to ensure the kids’ safety.”

More than 20 vehicles stopped at the Perth Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday for a child safety seat inspection, which was conducted by the public health departments in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Technicians inspected the children’s car seats to ensure the seats were properly installed and appropriate for the children. If the car seats were outdated or recalled and needed to be replaced, the departments had new seats provided through a grant.

New York state’s Child Restraint Law requires children up to the age of 8 to be appropriately restrained based on their age, weight, height and the vehicle equipment.

About eight out of 10 child safety seats are used incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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