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NY offering free inspections weekly of child safety seats

New York traffic authorities say free inspections of child safety seats are available this year at l
NY offering free inspections weekly of child safety seats
In this Sept. 20, 2005 photo, South Windsor Police Department Community Service Officer Robin Massanti helps Debra Mlinek from West Suffield secure her daughter, Eliza, five months, in her car seat during a Child Passenger Safety Clinic in Hartford, Conn.
Photographer: The Associated Press

New York traffic authorities say free inspections of child safety seats are available this year at locations across the state.

The inspections by safety technicians are intended to help parents and caregivers know if the seats are properly installed, used and the right size for their children.

State officials cite research showing a 71 percent decrease in the risk of fatal injuries to infants and 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars from car seats.

A National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration survey says the most common errors include using the wrong safety harness slot to secure a car seat, chest clips improperly positioned over a child's abdomen, or unused, loose installations and loose harnesses.

Inspection appointments can be made online here.

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