Children safety event held in Amherst

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A safety event is being held in Amherst to check car seats and bike helmets for kids.

It’s estimated that up to 90 percent of car seats for children have been installed incorrectly, putting them in harm’s way. That’s why western Massachusetts police departments regularly conduct children’s car seat clinics.

The event is being held in the parking lot of Amherst Pediatrics located at 31 Hall Drive from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. UMass Amherst police officers are checking the car seats for expiration dates, properly secured, and fit for the child.

“About seventy percent of children under one killed in car accidents every year because of improperly installed car seats. And children under 12, it’s about 50 percent,” said UMass officer Brian Kellog.

Bike helmets can also be inspected by police officers. The public is invited to bring their bike helmets to the event for inspection and fitted securely. Safety information for children will also be provided.

Amherst police will also be conducting a car seat check on Thursday and Friday.

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