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Seton Hays offers child car seat check

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Is your child’s car seat installed in your car correctly? If you’re not sure, a certified child passenger safety technician will check it for you – free of charge – from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle.

To minimize wait times, appointments can be scheduled by calling 512-336-3423.

Inspectors will ensure that seat belts are properly strapping down the car seat and that seat harnesses are being used properly. They also can help you determine if your child’s car seat has been subject any recent manufacturer recalls.

Parents are asked to bring the car seat instruction booklet and vehicle owner’s manual with them, if possible, in case technicians find anything unusual that should be addressed.

Some guideline when it comes to child car seats:

Seton Hays is located at 6001 Kyle Parkway. For more information, contact Linda Sifuentes at Seton Hays at 512-324-5000, ext. 54298.

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#1 Comment By Beth Warren On 01/03/2013 @ 10:44 am

Please consider updating your guidelines/recommendations to the American Academy of Pediatrics published policy statement:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/4/788.short

Child passenger safety has dramatically evolved over the past decade; however, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death of children 4 years and older. This policy statement provides 4 evidence-based recommendations for best practices in the choice of a child restraint system to optimize safety in passenger vehicles for children from birth through adolescence: (1) rear-facing car safety seats for most infants up to 2 years of age; (2) forward-facing car safety seats for most children through 4 years of age; (3) belt-positioning booster seats for most children through 8 years of age; and (4) lap-and-shoulder seat belts for all who have outgrown booster seats. In addition, a fifth evidence-based recommendation is for all children younger than 13 years to ride in the rear seats of vehicles. It is important to note that every transition is associated with some decrease in protection; therefore, parents should be encouraged to delay these transitions for as long as possible. These recommendations are presented in the form of an algorithm that is intended to facilitate implementation of the recommendations by pediatricians to their patients and families and should cover most situations that pediatricians will encounter in practice. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges all pediatricians to know and promote these recommendations as part of child passenger safety anticipatory guidance at every health-supervision visit.

Thank you