The New York State Police will conduct a number of events next week across Long Island checking the safety of car seats for young children as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children through the age of 12, while more than 4,500 kids up to the age of 8 are treated at local hospitals annually for injuries sustained in car accidents, State Police officials said.
The goal of the National Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from Sept. 14-20, is to ensure that children are correctly secured in child restraints, including car seats, booster seats or seat belts.
"Best practice is to select a car seat based on your child's age and size, choose a seat that fits your vehicle and use it every time," said State Police Commander Maj. Joseph Tripodo of Troop L in Farmingdale. "To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat as long as possible, as long as your child fits within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements."
New York State law mandates that children 7 and younger must be secured in a child safety seat.
Two car seat check events are being held Saturday in Suffolk County, in Montauk and Holtsville. A full list of safety seat check events can be viewed at http://safeny.ny.gov/seat-cal.htm, and appointments can be made by contacting Trooper Frank Bandiero at 631-756-3389.