Free statewide car seat checks during child safety week

WAKE COUNTY (WTVD) -- As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, certified child passenger safety technicians are doing free car seat inspections.

With car crashes one of the leading causes of death for children, volunteers at the Wake County Human Services Public Health Center said Monday they want to raise awareness of the proper way to use a car seat.

"We see lots of issues with installation," said Suzanne Ledoyen with Wake County Human Services. "We see even with the proper selection of the seats. Is it the true proper seat you need for your child's height and weight? And we see issues with harnessing actually holding that child in that seat."

Raleigh resident Mariana Camacho Martinez told ABC11 that she got an inspection to make sure her daughter is safe.

When Ledoyen inspected Martinez's seat, she said she was doing everything correctly, but there was one surprising discovery.

"This seat is damaged and this seat is expired, so I'm going to give you a new seat for her," Ledoyen said.

Something Martinez said she is very grateful for.

"It's good. It's very good for me," she said. "I know that chair expired. I happy right now because my daughter has a new chair. I know now she's good in my car.

There are similar inspections all week long locally and statewide as national child safety week continues until Saturday.

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