Car Seat Safety: Monthly Buckle Up Clinic Offered at Children’s Mercy
Studies have shown that 80 percent of car seats are used incorrectly, which increases the chance of a child being seriously injured or killed in a crash. To help educate parents and caregivers on proper installation, Children’s Mercy will now offer monthly car seat clinics free to the public.
The buckle up clinics will take place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month, on the fourth level of the Adele Hall parking garage at Children’s Mercy. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect car seats already installed in vehicles and show parents how to make the necessary adjustments for a safe and secure installation.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this program to the community to teach parents how to correctly install their car seats and boosters seats,” said Shannon Bernal, Coordinator for the Car Seat Program at Children’s Mercy. “Correcting even the smallest mistakes will have a huge impact when it comes to your child’s safety.”
Appointments are required and will be scheduled for 30-minutes per car seat. (For example, you’ll need to schedule an hour for two car seats and 90 minutes for three car seats.) You can schedule your appointment by calling (816) 234-1607, Monday-Friday during regular business hours. Please bring the car seat instruction manual and the owners manual for the vehicle to the appointment.
The first Buckle Up Clinic will be held Tuesday, February 13.