Omaha Campus hosts Car Seat Check-up event

Omaha Campus hosts Car Seat Check-up event

Madonna occupational therapist Abby Pauley, a certified child passenger safety technician, measures a child's height during the car seat check-up event.

OMAHA, Neb. (MADONNA)-- Sixty five car seats were inspected during a recent free car seat check-up event at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals-Omaha Campus.

Volunteers: 22
New car seats given out: 6

The Car Seat Check-up event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 3 was organized in collaboration with Safe Kids – Douglas County and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

According to Kristin Luethke, a Madonna recreation therapist and child passenger safety instructor, cars were already lined up at 8:30 a.m. for an inspection.

About 20 certified car seat technicians from all over the metro helped parents and expecting parents make sure their car seats were safe and correctly installed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 59 percent of car seats and 20 percent of booster seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness.

Abby Pauley, a Madonna occupational therapist and certified car seat tech, gave thorough inspections at her checkpoint with her partner, Maggie Ferguson, of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

While checking car seats to make sure they weren’t included in any recall notices, they also made sure the seat was appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight—even going as far as getting an on-the-spot measurement of one 23-month-old’s height.

As certified child passenger safety technicians by the National Child Passenger Safety Board, they hope to educate families on proper use and installation of their car seat, leading to protecting more children and fewer injuries and deaths.

 The event was one of many by local Safe Kids chapters.  For a full schedule of free car seat check-up events, click here

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