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East Peoria Fire Dept. says 90% of car seats are being used wrong

Summer is here and family vacations are in full swing. But have you checked to make sure your child car seats are installed correctly? At the East Peoria Fire Department Neil Schopp is a certified child safety seat technician. He says 90% of the car seats they see are installed improperly. Most of the mistakes are made by not properly harnessing the seat. He says there are two ways to harness it, through latching or using the seat belt.

On January 1, 2019 a new law went into effect that required all children under the age of 2 to be seated in a rear-facing car seat. Schopp said, “Rear facing keeps the child safer. They recommend you keep the child rear-facing to two years.” He said the law used to require rear-facing seats for children under twenty pounds.

East Peoria Fire Department does free seat checks on the first Wednesday of every month from 1 to 4 at the Central House next to Costco in East Peoria. If you install your car seats, he says to always make sure to check the manufacture date and follow the directions.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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