Is your child’s car seat properly installed? Are you sure? Would it surprise you to know that four out of every five car seats is installed improperly? That’s a scary statistic, considering it’s the safety of your most precious cargo at risk. Luckily there are resources available to help insure your child’s car seat is properly installed. Spartanburg Regional Hospital, in partnership with local Fire Departments offer inspections free of charge.
Check out this great video about safe car seat installation with Safe Kids Upstate.
Spartanburg Car Seat Inspection Locations
Please make sure to call the location before heading out, and bring with you the following:
- the owners manual for your car (if available)
- the owners manual for the car seat (if available)
- your vehicle & your child
Greer Fire Department
103 West Poinsett Street, Greer 29650
Reidville Fire Department
7450 Reidville Road, Reidville 29375
Westview Fairforest Fire Department
311 West Blackstock Road, Spartanburg 29301
864.576.2529 ext. 103
North Spartanburg Fire Department
8767 Asheville Highway, Spartanburg 29301
Boiling Springs Fire Department
186 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs 29316
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
101 East Wood Street, Spartanburg 29301
South Carolina law states that children under two years old must be in a rear-facing child safety seat in a rear passenger seat of the vehicle unless the child exceeds the manufacturer’s weight or height limits. In the past, it was popular to automatically switch your child to a front facing position following their second birthday.
Research has shown that leaving children rear facing is the safest way to position them, until they have reached the size limitations indicated by the car seat manufacturer. For most children that extends the time they can be rear facing safely. The Upstate is fortunate to have a local resource in an organization called Safe Kids Spartanburg. Through their website, you can access car seat safety event info and more.
The National Highway and Transportation Safety website is another great resource to access information related to car seat safety. You can register your car seat on the site. This will insure you are alerted in the event of a safety recall. Included on the website is a checklist for using second hand car seats.
Have you had your child’s car seat inspected?