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For Immediate Release: 05/24/18
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 |



AAA: Three Out of Four Car Seat Installations Have Errors Which Put Children at Risk

Certified Technicians to Conduct Free Inspections at Plattekill Service Area on May 25 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Appointments Accepted for Inspections, Drop-Ins Welcome

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced AAA Northeast is offering free child car seat inspections at the Plattekill Service Area, located on the Thruway (I-87) northbound between exit 17 (Newburgh (I-84) Rte. 17K) and exit 18 (New Paltz-Rte. 299), on Friday, May 25 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The initiative is being offered at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, which is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with more than 2.5 million vehicles expected to travel the Thruway over this Memorial Day weekend.

“We’re pleased to partner with AAA for this important initiative during the busy holiday travel weekend,” Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “Parents may be unaware that one error in installing their child’s car seat could put them at risk. We’re proud to partner with AAA to educate motorists on these common mistakes, which can be life-saving.”

Inspections will be conducted by nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians from AAA and from local police departments. Motorists can make an appointment by calling 516-873-2409, and drop-ins are also welcome.

Studies show that three out of four people who have installed a car seat on their own have made at least one error, which can compromise a child’s safety.  Some common mistakes include not installing the seat tight enough, connecting the seat with both the vehicle seat belt and the LATCH system on the car seat, and using the wrong seat for the child’s height and weight.

When used properly, car seats reduce the risk of death in car crashes by 71 percent for infants, and 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York State law requires all children under the age of 8 to use an appropriate child safety seat.

“AAA is excited to work with the Thruway Authority to help parents with their child’s car seats as they start their holiday weekend on the road,” AAA Traffic Safety Specialist and Car Seat Technician Karen Blackburn said. “We hope to reduce injuries and fatalities for child passengers by assuring they are in their car seats safely and correctly.”

Motorists should expect to spend about 20 minutes with a technician for the inspection and instruction on how to properly install the car seat. If the child is not present, motorists can inform the technician of the child’s age, height and weight to learn more on how they can be properly fitted in their car seat. Besides checking seat installations, technicians will also be providing parents and caregivers with valuable information on safely transporting children.

Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be activated near the Plattekill Service Area on the Thruway (I-87) informing motorists of the inspections, and signs will be in place at the Plattekill Service Area directing motorists to the location of the event.


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