EPFD to Host Car Seat Inspection

9/16/2019 4:24 PM
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September 16, 2019 News Release

The El Paso Fire Department
To Host Car Seat Inspection Event

EL PASO, Texas – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 59 percent of car seats are not installed correctly. With 2,600 children under 13 involved in a car crash every day, or one child every 33 seconds, child safety in cars is a priority. Additionally, Texas law requires all children under 8 – unless they are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches – to be in a car seat whenever they ride in a passenger vehicle. Failure to properly restrain a child can result in a ticket of up to $250. Children under age 13 should ride properly secured in a seat belt or safety seat in the back seat.

As part of the National Child Passenger Safety Board’s Child Passenger Safety Week, the El Paso Fire Department is hosting a Car Seat Inspection Event on September 19th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the EPFD’s Safety, Health and Outreach Center.

Services will be provided on a first come, first served basis. To participate you must:

• Be a Texas resident
• Bring your own car seat(s)
• Bring the child for proper fitting and instruction
• Be the parent or legal guardian of the child

Those interested in participating can contact the EPFD’s Fire Medical Research division at 915-212-5699 to learn more about the event.

WHAT: Car Seat Inspection Event
WHEN: September 19, 2018 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WHERE: EPFD Safety, Health and Outreach Center – 5415 Trowbridge Dr, El Paso TX. 79903

To learn more about the Fire Department, the public is encouraged to visit elpasofire.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Media Contact: Enrique Duenas-Aguilar
Fire Public Information Officer
(915) 317-8943