Free Child Safety Seat Check Event in Baton Rouge

Published 6:24 am Thursday, June 1, 2023

Baton Rouge – On Saturday, June 3, 2023, Louisiana State Police Troop A, Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force, and Louisiana Highway Safety Commission will provide a free car seat check event from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The event will take place at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd in Baton Rouge.  No appointment is necessary and as always, car seat checks are free.

 Statistics demonstrate that properly used car and booster seats save lives.  While these devices offer the best protection for children on the road, only 1 out of 4 child safety seats are being used correctly.  The vast majority of car seats in use are improperly installed, improperly used, or a combination of both.  This is attributable to the large assortment of car seats and vehicles available.  Coupled with varying weight and height restrictions, it is evident that almost 75 percent of car seats are improperly used.  It is important to note that this misuse spans all races, educational levels, and socioeconomic status.

 Over the past 30 years, more than 11,000 lives have been saved by the use of child restraints according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Caregivers must ensure children are properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt every time they are travel in a vehicle.

 Child safety seat inspections will be conducted by nationally certified child passenger safety seat technicians who will assist with proper installation. Support for this event is provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and University Medical Center (New Orleans).

 Anyone who is unable to attend the event should call 225-754-8524 and make an appointment with Louisiana State Police Troop A to have their child safety seat inspected.  We encourage the public to take advantage of this free service to help ensure the safety of your child!