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Free child car seat checks set Saturday, Sunday

The Maui News

Free child car seat inspections will be done Saturday and Sunday in Kahului as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

The inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 on Dairy Road in Kahului. The following day, inspections will be done from 1 to 5 p.m. at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should show up with the child, car or booster seat and car, as well as instruction manuals for the car seat and vehicle. An inspection takes a minimum of 30 minutes for each seat.

The inspections are done on a first-come, first-served basis. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to instruct parents and caregivers on correct selection, installation and use of car seats.

Under state law, child car seats are required for children under age 4. Children from ages 4 to 7 are required to be restrained in either car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles. Those who are ticketed for violating the child passenger safety law are required to appear in court. Drivers who are convicted must attend a four-hour class and may be fined up to $500.

The latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research shows nearly two out of three car seats are misused, according to a news release. When used correctly, car seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4 in cars, and by 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively, for infants and toddlers in trucks, according to the news release.