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Child Car Safety Seat Checkup Event

Misuse and non-use of child car seats is very high.  In order to properly protect a child, they need to be in the correct seat for their age, weight, height and developmental stage. And, the car seat needs to be properly installed in the vehicle.  Certified National Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to give free car seat inspections.

The proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs, avoidance of lost future earnings, and improved quality of life. These economic benefits are an estimated $2,196 per child age 0 to 4 and $2,610 per child age 4 to 7 for new seats distributed, and $621 per child for seat misuse corrected with an assumed 75% continued use. Each year since 2011, Kiwanis has sponsored an annual child car safety seat inspection. Using the above formula, between 2011 and 2016, the events accomplished:

  • 794 Car Seat Inspections
  • 512 New Seats Distributed
  • 21 Children Arrived Correctly Restrained
  • $1,047,340 Economic Impact on the Community

Our most recent child car seat inspection was on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM at  Bryan Towne Center (Near Target), 3125 Wildflower Drive, Bryan. This event was sponsored by the College Station Kiwanis Club in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Passenger Safety Project in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Here are some interesting statistics from the event of the 194 inspections conducted:

  • 7 children arrived correctly restrained (2 older children that fit seat belt, 2 booster seat children and 3 cases where parents had read the manuals from car seat and vehicle)
  • 138 new seats issued
  • 55 children arrived totally unrestrained or incorrectly riding in a seat belt

The proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs, avoidance of lost future earnings, and improved quality of life. These economic benefits are an estimated $2,159 per child age 0 to 4 and $2,606 per child age 4 to 7 for new seats distributed, and $622 per child for seat misuse corrected with an assumed 75% continued use. Based on this formula, the total economic impact for the 194 inspections at the event on April 22nd is $266,824.

KBTX, our CBS affiliate, covered the event. See HERE for their report.

Our club also had a video made of this event.