OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, and Safe Kids Oklahoma are teaming up to sponsor a free car seat check from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Technicians will be on hand to install car seats and to check previously installed seats for the general public. Local media, especially television anchors, are encouraged to attend and participate to ensure their car seats are properly installed and correctly "anchored" in their vehicles.
"Studies show that four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly," said Katie Mueller, Executive Director at Safe Kids Oklahoma. "Events like this give parents and caregivers a chance to make sure their car seats are properly installed and to ensure that they are using the correct type for each child's age, size, and weight."
A very limited number of cars seats will be available for $10 to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to be eligible to receive a car seat, the child and the legal guardian must be present and show proof of state assistance, food stamps, WIC, etc.
"We encourage families and caregivers to stop by and make sure they have all car seats properly installed," Mueller said. "Our goal is to be sure that occupants in each car leave the event safer than when they arrived."
"The RedHawks are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office," said RedHawks President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. "OHSO is among the leaders in communicating important safety measures to the public, and their partnership with Safe Kids in organizing these events further shows what an asset they are to our community."
For more information about Oklahoma's occupant protection laws, car seat guidelines, and other seat check events across the state, visit www.ohso.ok.gov.