Secure your most precious cargo ahead of holiday travel

November 15, 2018

We are again offering free Child Safety Seat Checks for parents in the area before they travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. Child safety seats greatly reduce the risks of fatal injury in infants and toddlers riding in motor vehicles, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You should always buckle your child into the right car seat for their age and size.

Nearly 4 our of 5 car seats are used incorrectly.

Is yours one of them? Having a child seat installed incorrectly could put your child at risk. Get your seat inspected by a Certified Child Seat Safety Technician. You can have your child car seats, harnesses, and booster seats checked for safety and fit prior to your Thanksgiving travels. Come make sure your most precious cargo is secure! The Richmond Ambulance Authority, AAA-Mid Atlantic, and Richmond Fire Department will be at Target, 7107 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond on Monday, November 19th from 3:00pm-5:00pm and at the Walmart Supercenter, 2410 Sheila Lane in Richmond from 3:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesday, November 20th.

Our Certified Child Safety Technicians will be on site to answer questions, check recalls, and assist with making sure your seat is correctly installed. We want to ensure all children are protected with properly installed seats. Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their children to the event. The technicians need to see how the child will fit in their car seat.

Here are a few additional tips all drivers should keep in mind when it comes to child seat safety.

  • Use a car seat every time your child rides in a motor vehicle.
  • If you’re transferring your seat to a different car, refer to that car’s manual for specific installation directions.
  • Keep your child in a rear-facing seat as long as possible—it’s the safest traveling position.
  • Size, not age, should be the key factor in moving your child to the next seat type.
  • The back seat is the safest place in your vehicle for a child to ride for age 12 years old and under.