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for infants and toddlers are meant to keep them safe and secure. While
a parent wants a quality car seat, sometimes the cost can be an issue or
outright inhibitive for some. Buying a used car seat at a garage sale
or getting a hand-me-down seat may seem like a thrifty idea to help curb the
cost; however this is one area to avoid jumping at that apparent great deal.
Although the price of a used or free may seem like a bargain, it could cost
Why the big deal? First, used car seats most often do not come with
the manufacturer's instructions (vital for correct installation).
Second and possibly more important, the car seat could be missing important
parts, have been involved in an accident, could fall short of current safety
standards, or have been recalled due to faulty design. Third, plastic
that the car seat is made from can become brittle as it ages.
Basically, a seat that's too old could break in a crash due to questionable
You would never want a car seat that has ever been involved in an accident.
Think of it like a bicycle helmet. These safety items are a
one-and-done item. After a crash, no matter how minor, you simply can’t know
the weakness that may be present but not visible. In addition, it’s
recommended to replace your car seat if it is more than six years old even
if it has never been involved in a crash. You can usually find an
expiration date stamp or sticker somewhere on the seat.
The best option is to purchase a brand new car seat and complete the
warranty/recall notification paperwork that comes with it. If you
can’t afford a new car seat, please contact us at 315-376-8202. Our Child
Passenger Safety program provides car seats for infants and toddlers of
income eligible custodial parents or legal guardians at no charge. Call us
to set up an appointment to meet with a Certified Traffic Safety Seat
Technician to demonstrate proper installation, fit for child, and usage of
||In 2016, 75 car seats
were distributed through the Child Passenger Safety Program; ensuring safe
and properly fitting car seats for children. Sixty-eight (68)
adults were educated on proper use and installation.
||Please note there is an income
eligibility requirement in order to receive a car seat. Income
eligibility guidelines are the same as WIC services.
||Applicants should contact our New Bremen Office, at
315-376-8202, to set up an
||The applicant will need to fill out an agency
intake form, Distribution of Agreement form, and Release of Liability form.
||Before receiving a car seat, the
recipient will need to review a training video that explains proper installation and use of the car seat.
Recipients will also learn how to
properly install, fit the child to the car seat, and learn proper usage
techniques from our certified Traffic Safety Seat Technician.
||The recipient will need to have
a vehicle present in order to physically install the car seat themselves.
Passenger Safety program is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration with a grant from the
NYS Governor's Traffic Safety
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