Free Carseat Safety Check in Alameda
The Alameda police department is hosting a car seat safety check this Saturday. Check out the following article about it. An easy stop during Saturday morning errand-running and a great thing to do for your kid’s safety since apparently up to 80% of carseats are installed incorrectly. The article does not mention it but I have heard there may be free passes to Habitot given away.
Alameda police will host a free children’s car seat inspection on Saturday in the parking lot between City Hall and the police station.
The event in the 1400 block of Oak Street will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. No appointment is necessary.
California law requires all children be properly restrained in a safety seat until the child is 6 years old or weighs 60 pounds.
On Saturday, the inspections will be carried out by Bob Rollins, a 30-year police veteran from the city of Berkeley who now volunteers with the Alameda police.
Up to 80 percent of car seats are not installed correctly, police said.
When installing a seat, people should remember that a newborn infant should be in a rear-facing safety seat until at least age 2, while a toddler should be in a forward facing safety seat until the child exceeds the seat’s height and weight limits.
Police also said a child who is too big for a forward facing safety seat should ride in a booster seat, and that children usually need a booster until they are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds.
A child seat should never be installed in front of a frontal airbag, police said.