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Governor Riley Urges Parents to Get Their Child Safety Seats Inspected

MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley is urging parents and other caregivers of young children to visit one of the 14 free child safety seat inspection stations located throughout Alabama this week as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

The stations will have technicians available to provide on-site child safety seat inspections and education.

"While more families than ever before are using child safety seats in their vehicles, researchers tell us that most child seats are improperly installed.  Families who visit inspection stations in Alabama will be provided free help and information that could save the life of their child," said Governor Riley.

For maximum child passenger safety, Governor Riley said parents and other caregivers should refer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 4 Steps for Kids guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size:

  1. For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds.
  2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).
  3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall).
  4. When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall) they can use the adult seat belts in the back seat, if they fit properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week, a national effort to remind parents and caregivers of the lifesaving effect child safety seats have in protecting young children, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/cps.   

ALABAMA

Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations

*NOTE: Call inspection stations to make an appointment.

Children's Hospital
1600 5th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 1-800-504-9768  

SitTight
2316 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-542-5304   

Southeast Alabama Medical
1108 Ross Clark Circle
3rd Floor Women
Dothan , AL 36301
Phone: 334-712-3227  

ECM Safe Kids
205 Marengo St
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: 256-768-BABY  

Huntsville Hospital Fitting Station
420 Lowell Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-265-7296  

Safety City
2221 Drake Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: 256-883-3725  

Safe Kids Montgomery Area
1100 Emory Folmar Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36110
Phone: 334-206-2912  

Morris Police Department
803 Stouts Road
Morris, AL 35116
Phone: 205-647-0596  

Child Passenger Safety Check Center
3500 McFarland Blvd.
Northport, AL 35476
Phone: 205-354-4131

Saraland Police Dept.
716 Saraland Blvd.
Saraland, AL 36571
Phone: 251-675-5331

Helen Keller Hospital Safe Kids Fitting Station
1300 S. Montgomery Ave.
Sheffield, AL 35660
Phone: 256-386-4162  

Trussville Fire and Rescue
Station 1
131 Main Street
Trussville, AL 35173
Phone: 205-655-9123  

Trussville Fire and Rescue
Station 2
7317 Roper Road
Trussville, AL 35173
Phone: 205-655-9123   

West Alabama Community Traffic Safety
3401 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: 205-758-9743  

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