Parents had the chance to get their children’s car seats checked for free as a part of a state wide initiative to keep kids safely buckled up.
Members from "Ohio Buckles Buckeyes" met at the Colony Square Mall to perform their first annual car seat check station. Car seat technicians from the local Help Me Grow and WIC offices checked each seat for their overall safety.
"Things like is the seat at the right angle, are the buckles in the right place, is it secured properly and things like that. There’s is always almost something that we could make better and a child safer," said car seat tech, Lauri Coplin.
Coplin says that parents often don’t realize what they are looking for when purchasing and installing a car seat. She says improper installation can lead to tragic consequences.
" It’s definitely a necessity because if a child is not in a car seat they are likely to be projectile in an accident, and they can go flying out of the window and hit somebody else and injure another person, " said Coplin.
Organizers hope the event will be held annually. If you couldn’t make it out feel free to contact a car seat technician for a personal inspection at the WIC office on Putnam Avenue.