A child car safety seat event will take place on Wednesday at the Deerfield Fire Station in north Utica as part of Child Passenger Safety Week.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse at 5476 Trenton Road. A certified safety seat technician will be on hand to help you properly install your child safety seat in your vehicle. Free car seats will be available to income-qualified families and by appointment only, officials said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, two children under 13-years-old were killed and an estimated 374 were injured every day in 2019 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans.
In total, 608 child passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes in 2019. Roughly 38% of children who died in 2019 while riding in passenger vehicles were unrestrained, compared to 33% in 2018.
“Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children in this country,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.
Finding the right car seat for a child depends on multiple factors including the child’s age, height and weight, as well as the guidelines of the law.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles requires that all children up to age 8 must be in an appropriate child safety restraint system and not the seat belt alone. Children under the age of 13 should ride in the backseat and all children under the age of 2 must be rear facing.
A limited number of free car seats will be distributed by appointment only. The parent or guardian must be able to provide proof of public income assistance. They must bring the child to the appointment, or if pregnant, the baby must be expected within the next three months. They must bring the vehicle for the seat to be installed. They must also pass a COVID-19 screening questionnaire and wear a mask throughout the event.
For eligibility and registration for the event call 315-798-5229.