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Techs make sure child safety seats up-to-date

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Long rows of cars filled with safety-minded parents arrived at the Brazil Autoplex Tuesday so certified technicians could inspect the safety of their child safety seats despite high temperatures.

Lynn McClelland said she came out "just to get the car seats checked and make sure they're up-to-date like they need to be."

"It's a big help," she said describing the free service offered by Cars Healthy Families of Clay County and the Vigo County Safe Kids.

While car seat safety was inspected by the Vigo County Safe Kids, children were able to participate in games with prizes presented by organizations such as the LEAAP center.

Amanda Mills from the LEAAP Center played with children while they waited. She had a large, rectangular-shaped box filled with water and different shaped toys for the children to play with.

"We figure it'd be good with water on a hot day like this," Mills said adding other items such as sand can be substituted for water.

Cars Healthy Families of Clay County Supervisor Donna Whitmer said car safety is near to her.

"I do this because I had a little brother killed in a car wreck," she said. "I want parents to know what is safe and what is not."

Whitmer inspects car seats and if she can't determine they are safe then she can replace the seat with a free booster seat. However, not every seat is replaced. Technicians search the seats for model numbers to ensure a seat has not been recalled. If they can't determine if the seat has been recalled, they issue a new booster seat, she said.

"I love knowing that all these little ones come through here and are safe," she said.

The free booster seats are paid for through a General Motors grant. She said if safety drive takes place on a GM lot, the grant is worth more money and for the past two years the drive has taken place at the Brazil Autoplex.

Autoplex Owner Sam Glover said he enjoys promoting child seat safety. "It's part of being part of the community," he said. "This is something we'll continue to do. We provide the space and we're happy to do that."

Katie Long, 5, plays with Amanda Mills, of the LEAAP Center, at the Sensory Table Tuesday at the Brazil Autoplex.

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