Child Passenger Seat Checkpoints Reinforce Safety

POSTED: January 13, 2017

The Oak Ridge Police Department, Oak Ridge Fire Department and East Tennessee Children's Hospital Safe Kids program are hosting Child Passenger Seat Checkpoints in 2017.

These events are held for parents and caregivers to receive education material about car seats, have their car seats checked for any manufacturer recalls and also have the seats examined for proper installation. The Child Passenger Seat Checkpoint is open to the public and it is free for participants to attend.

All events will be held at Oak Ridge Fire Station #2, 609 Oak Ridge Turnpike (near Home Depot), from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The dates are as follows:

  • January 14th (completed with 24 seats checked!)
  • March 11th
  • May 13th
  • July 8th
  • November 11th

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital advises anyone planning to attend a car seat inspection to be sure to bring your child restraint seat instructions and vehicle owner's manual. Also, to make the process more efficient, please install your child restraint seat to the best of your ability before attending the inspection. You can find more child passenger safety information on the Safe Travels section of their website.

The January 14th car seat check was a big success. Oak Ridge Police and Fire Department personnel, along with representatives from East Tennessee Children's Hospital, were able to check 24 car seats in just three hours.

At one point, both fire engine bays at the station were full of cars. Of the 24 car seats they inspected, ten of them had to be replaced because of a defect, expiration or recall.

Thanks to everyone who participated!