Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, Tiger Honda, 13325 S. Airline Highway, Gonzales will host a car seat inspection day. 

Led by Louisiana State Police, in conjunction with the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force and University Medical Center in New Orleans, the professionals will be on hand until 1 p.m. in support of National Child Passenger Safety Week across the state. 

Nationally certified technicians are ready to conduct seat inspections ensuring the proper installation of your child’s safety seat.  Throughout the week, child passenger safety checkup events will be held across numerous parishes providing parents and caregivers with life-saving information regarding the appropriate vehicle installation and best seat for your child’s age, weight, and height.  In conjunction with the safety awareness campaign, Troopers and community safety partners will be organizing events across the state on National Seat Check Saturday, September 24, 2016.  There is never a cost for the child seat installations/inspections; however, parents should anticipate approximately 30 minutes of inspection time per seat.

It is a proven fact that car seats and booster seats save lives.  Child seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash.  However, approximately 3 out of 4 child seats are not used correctly.  This misuse rate can be attributed to the wide variety of child seats available, the range of children’s weights and heights, and the vast array of vehicles in today’s market. These misuses span all races, educational levels, and socioeconomic status.

During the past 30 years, nearly 9,000 lives have been saved by the correct use of child seats according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is important that caregivers properly restrain children in an appropriate child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt anytime they are traveling in a vehicle.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and futures of our children,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent.  “Please visit one of these locations and ensure that your child is properly buckled each and every ride.  The preventable death of a child is unbearable and I urge anyone traveling with children to gain the education from the experts to safeguard the child’s wellbeing.”

Other locations throughout the state will also participate in the day. See below for list of locations. 

 

9 a.m. to noon

Babies R Us, 3609 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 70065

AMC Palace Theater, 5737 West Park Ave., Houma 70364

Walker Automotive, 1616 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria 70301

Toys R Us / McAlister’s, 1350 Pecanland Mall Drive, Monroe 71201

Sheriff’s Safety Town, 8910 Jewella Ave., Shreveport 71118

St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, 300 Brownswitch Road, Slidell 70458

 

Noon to 3 p.m. 

 

Billy Navarre Honda, 1310 E. College St., Lake Charles 70605

 

In addition to these events, every Louisiana State Police troop is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a child safety seat “Fitting Station”.  Technicians are available at various times each week to inspect car seats.