Danville first responders team up to help keep kids safe in cars this summer

Car seat safety check held Saturday


DANVILLE – Local first responders are teaming up to make sure kids are safe while riding in the car.

On Saturday, Danville firefighters and police officers set up a car seat safety check station at Target.

They say the most common mistake people make is not having the seat properly installed or their child not fitted for the seat.

State law requires car seats face backward until the child is at least a year old and weighs 20 pounds.

First responders point out though that the American Association of Pediatrics recommends 18-24 months and 40 pounds.

With Memorial Day weekend marking the traditional beginning of summer vacation season, first responders want to make sure kids are safe.

"It gives the head and neck muscles time to strengthen. That's obviously the weakest part. It reduces whiplash and spinal injuries and neck injuries," said Danville police Cpl. Tim Scearce.

Contact your local fire department to have your seat checked.

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