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Area business & hospital team up to keep kids safe

Car seat check event this Saturday
Kimberlee Mitchell, Kennedy Word, Kimberly St. Louis
Posted at 2:55 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 15:55:10-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 46-59% of child restraint systems are used incorrectly, putting children at risk when traveling in vehicles. To help keep kids safe, a local business and hospital are offering free checks to make sure you're using yours correctly.

On February 29 from 9am-12pm, Great Plains Auto Body at 14540 Grover Street will be doing car seat checks in coordination with Children's Hospital and Medical Center.

The checks are part of a 15-year tradition of giving back, says Great Plains Auto Body owner Matt Hansen.

“We see family automobiles come in after accidents, and have long been concerned for families and their safety in such situations. ‘Auto Body for Tiny Bodies’ is our way of giving back to the community, and we genuinely encourage the public to learn the approved manner in which to install these important safety devices for their children,” says Hansen.

Great Plains Auto Body says attendees can expect:

  • No appointment necessary. A heated interior space will be provided.
  • There will be a line of cars to enter the event. Please have some ‘in car’ activities to entertain your children.
  • Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians to inspect and/or help install your car seat(s).
  • Please bring two large towels per child seat.
  • Bring child(ren) if possible. Expectant parents are welcome.
  • Please bring vehicle owner’s manual and car seat manual.
  • If possible bring spouse, friend or relative to help.
  • Plan on spending approximately 30 minutes per car seat once you are inside.
  • With a tech’s guidance, you will learn to install your car seat(s).