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St. Francis Offering Free Child Safety Seat Inspections January 26 to Help Families Comply With New State Law

CHI Health St. Francis is offering parents, grandparents and other caregivers the opportunity to have their children’s safety seats inspected from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. The free check-up will take place at the south entrance of Auto America, 3036 South Locust Street. Reduced-price safety seats will be available

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages birth to 13. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce that risk by as much as 71 percent. However, three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly.

The St. Francis team of certified child passenger safety technicians and other trained volunteers will inspect each safety seat to make sure it fits the child properly, is correctly secured, and is in the safest possible location in the vehicle. In addition, the team will help families navigate and comply with the newly enacted Nebraska Child Passenger Safety Law.

More about the Nebraska Child Passenger Safety Law

As of January 1, 2019 in the state of Nebraska

  • Children must ride rear-facing up to age two or until they reach the upper weight or height limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer.
  • All children up to age eight must ride correctly secured in a federally approved child safety seat/belt positioning booster.
  • Children up to age eight must ride in the back seat, as long as there is a back seat equipped with a seat belt and not occupied by other children under eight years of age.
  • Children ages eight to eighteen must ride secured in a seat belt or child safety seat (belt positioning booster).