The Lake Oswego Fire Department and the Lake Oswego Police Department hold free quarterly safety seat clinics open to all citizens. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will check for correct installation, damage, recalls, and size and age appropriateness. Each seat takes about 30 minutes to check.
The next clinic will be on May 3, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Main Fire Station, 300 B Avenue. Call 503-635-0275 during regular business hours for more information on the clinics.
Vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of children ages 3-14 in the United States.
Child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts are the best occupant protection. According to the CDC, placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), installing and using child safety seats may appear to be easy enough, but 3 out of 4 parents do not properly use child restraints. Often installation is incorrect or the wrong type of seat is being used for the child's height, weight or age. For these children, the safety seat may not be protecting them the way it should.
Oregon Occupant Protection Laws
Child Restraints: Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh 40 pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear facing until they reach both one year of age AND 20 pounds.
Booster Seats: Children over 40 pounds OR who have reached the upper weight limit of their car seat’s harness system, must use a booster seat until they are 4’9” tall OR age 8.
Safety Belts: A child taller than 4’9” OR age 8 or older must be properly secured with the vehicle’s safety belt. The child is properly secured if the lap belt is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt is positioned over the collarbone and away from the neck.
More local safety information:
ACTS Oregon's Child Safety Seat Resource Center
8059 SW Cirrus Dr.
Beaverton, OR 97008
503-643-5620 or 1-800-772-1315