Checking to make sure car seats were safe for use was the goal of the day for the Safe Kids Iowa team who hosted safety checks at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.
R. A. Mebus, of Iowa City, is an instructor with Safe Kids Iowa and said he thinks it’s important for people to attend these checks because not only do car seats change often but there are new parents every day.
“Iowa is still experiencing about 90 percent misuse,” he said. “The people of mind for parents is very important.”
He said during a typical inspection, they are looking at 15-20 things such as where the harness sits, if the straps are twisted and the padding around the carseat. Mebus said children are the most important thing in a parents’ car and by attending these checks, they can drive away with confidence they have followed all safety mesasures as closely as possible.
“(It’s) to have that confirmation that they’re doing it right. They’ve done the best that they can but they’re looking for someone to say, ‘you’ve done it right.’” he said. “It’s that simple.”
Kelly Carr, Community Outreach Cordinator with Henry County Public Health, said having these checks in Henry County is important for access because certified technicians are hard to come by. Saturday’s event was sponsored by the Henry County Advocacy Council who sponsors these checks yearly. Carr said the safety checks are important for both the safety of the child and peace of mind for the parent.