Buckle up kids.Essentia Health Hospital hosted a car seat clinic yesterday to make sure members of the Brainerd Lakes community were buckling their children in properly.
Josh Duda, Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor says, “Motor vehicle crashes are by far above and beyond the leading cause of death in children. So by making each one of those children safe in their travels, it’s important for ourselves now and our next generation.”
The clinic received donated seats from Crow Wing County Child Abuse Prevention Council to make sure each kid is safe when they travel.
Doc says, “Our number one goal is they’re leaving here safer than when they came in. So if that seat is expired is not appropriate for that child, the child has outgrown the seat, you name the cause they’ll walk away with a seat that’s appropriate for them.”
Breezy Point parent, Chip Rankin, says, “We have four kids and three in car seats. So I guess it was an opportunity. A lot of times we have two car seats but three vehicles. So you’re flopping car seats. So you just want to make sure we’ve got the right car seats for the kid.”
The child safety seat technicians recommend parents check the labels on the seats to make sure it’s the safest possible for their children.
Child Passenger Safety Technician, Kala Henkensiefken says, “This one was manufactured in October in 2013 and most seats after six years, that’s when you’d want to destroy them; so this one we’re fine.”
Henkensiefken also points out there are a couple of safety checks a parent should do everytime they drive their children.
Henkensiefken says, “We want to grab it at the belt path and it shouldn’t be able to go back and forth more than an inch. Oh and that’s in there nice and tight.”
Henkensiefken continues, “You want that head rest behind them. So let’s say her booster seat didn’t have that headrest here, you’d want to make sure there’s a headrest behind them.”
The technicians checked 26 seats and replaced at least five safety seats. Essentia Health says the most common issues were the use of after market products or products that did come with the seat and the harnesses weren’t tightened properly.