'National Seat Check Saturday' helps keep kids, families safe
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office and Safe Kids North Shore teamed up to host a child car seat check on Saturday.
The event was held at Williams Chevrolet in connection with National Seat Check Saturday to make sure parents are properly using their car and booster seats correctly.
Technicians were on site to provide hands-on instructions for installing and inspecting the seats. Officials say nine out of ten parents who think they have installed their child's seat correctly do not install the seats properly.
"It's the little things that you do wrong or that are done incorrectly that can really cause a child to be injured in a crash," said Todd Ritter, from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office. "Parents think they know to, but unless they have someone show them really the proper way to do it, that makes a big difference."
According to Safe Kids North Shore, correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
This nation-wide event started 16 years ago and focuses on keeping children and families safe in and around cars.
Part of Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids will host more than 500 child seat inspections across the county.