Parents line up to get car seats checked

Published On: Oct 07 2013 06:39:15 AM HST

Parents waited in line at the Hawaii Department of Health’s parking lot to get their child safety seats checked as part of Children and Youth Day.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"One of the things we see in a lot of seats is a loose installation. What we want is for the seat to be so tight, it moves less than one inch from side to side," said Cora Speck of the Queen's Medical Center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say child safety seats reduce the risk of death in cars by 71 percent for infants.

"We really believe in child safety. We are an insurance company so we pay claims and see what happens in accidents and we wanted to get involved," said Marie Weite of First Insurance of Hawaii, which co-sponsored the event with Queens Medical Center.

"I thought I knew everything. But everyone should get their seats checked. Even if you look at the directions, there are little things you might not know," said Bernice Ishida, who got her granddaughter’s seat checked.

A study by the U.S. Department of Transportation found that 72 percent of of nearly 3,500 observed car and booster seats were misused.

"In a crash these small mistakes can have huge negative consequences for the child," said Speck.


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