Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. “Many of these deaths are preventable. Placing children in age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half,” says HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital labor and delivery RN, Jennifer Wright.

HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital is holding a free car seat safety check in association with the Illinois Department of Transportation on Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the west lot in front of the hospital (look for directional signs).

St. Mary’s also offers a few guidelines to help select the safest car seat for your child:

  • Rear-facing seat until your child reaches age two

  • Forward-facing seat until your child reaches the maximum height and weight limits

  • Booster seat until the seat belt fits across his or her shoulder and hips

  • Kids in the back seat until age 13

  • Seat belt forever after

Choose the right seat and make sure it is used properly. Visit us for a FREE car seat check! Please call 217-464-2510 with any questions.

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HSHS Illinois
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