Marshfield Clinic Minocqua aims to take old, unsafe car seats off the roadSubmitted: 04/17/2015
Marshfield Clinic Minocqua aims to take old, unsafe car seats off the road
Story By Lauren Stephenson

MINOCQUA - Parents sometimes look to get a good deal on children's car seats by visiting garage sales or taking hand-me-downs from friends. But health experts say searching for a bargain on a used car seat could pose a danger to the child. They say car seats shouldn't be used for any longer than five years.

"There are always recommendations changing," said Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Operations Assistant Manager Carrie Miller. "As you mentioned, the backward- and the forward-facing, and just common wear and tear on a car seat. Also knowing where the car seat came from."

Although you can find out the date when a seat was manufactured by locating a sticker on the seat, that sticker won't tell you if the car seat has been involved in a crash. Car seats that have been in a crash should not be used again, no matter how new the seat is.

An event scheduled for this weekend hopes to take those old and unsafe car seats off the road. The Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center will host a free car seat take-back event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Experts say there are a few precautions you should keep in mind when using a car seat.

"I think it's very important to follow the safety instructions on your car seat," said Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Operations Manager Kelly Rydeski. "For example, there's a line that usually tells you where it should be level with the road, making sure that you've installed it correctly for example, using a towel underneath, or they sell foam pads to install under there as well,"

Experts say even though the instruction manuals for car seats are long, you should read them. You should also pay attention to stickers on the seat.

"They have dos and don'ts typically right on the side of your car seat," Rydeski added. "There's also information about weight and height restrictions for rear-facing, forward-facing, and then the different types of car seats you should be using--so making sure you're following the manufacturer's instructions."

The Minocqua Lady Lions and Minocqua Fire Department will help collect and recycle the car seats.

"We'll be taking everything off of the plastic, recycling the plastic," Miller said.

Each person who recycles a car seat will be entered into a drawing for gifts from local businesses.

You can find a link to information on car seat safety below.

Related Weblinks:
Car Seat Safety Information

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