Thursday, 10 April 2014
Community organizations teamed up on Saturday to host a car seat checking station at the Franklin Fun Factory and the Highlands Hudson Library.
During the Buckle Up, Baby event, certified car seat technicians with the Franklin Police Department, Highlands Police Department, Macon County EMS, and Safe Kids NC checked a total of 99 car seats. A total of 18 car seats that were found to be broken, recalled or expired were replaced thanks to Safe Kids NC, Kiwanis Club of Franklin, and Shaw Industries.
Out of the seats that were checked, technicians found that about 90 percent of car seats were being used incorrectly. “The misuse rate and unsafe seats observed was extremely high at this event, which verifies the need for education,” said Vickie Whitlatch-Killough, Health Educator, Co-Coordinator Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children's Hospital. The event was a great success.”