Car seat check is a success

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The Haysville Pride Organization and Haysville Police Department conducted a child passenger safety seat check at Haysville City Building on Saturday.
Thanks to that effort, 27 children will have a safer ride in their vehicles. Children from up to 9 years old were checked and fitted with the correct seats. Eight- to 14-year-olds were checked for correct fit of their lap and shoulder belts.
Eight out of 10 car seats needed some kind of correction. Education for parents plays a big role in a car seat check. The average car took 30 to 40 minutes to check the seat and educate the parents on the proper reinstallation of the car seat.
Children up to 2 years old and up to 35 pounds should be in infant-only or rear-facing convertible seats. Toddlers over the age of 2 and between 21 and 50 pounds should be in a convertible rear-facing seat or a forward-facing seat. A belt-positioning booster is recommend for children ages 4-8 and between 41 and 80 pounds.
“The response from the community was awesome,” said Brenda Gibson, Haysville PRIDE member.
Sponsors for the event who purchased seats for the event were Haysville Pride and American Family Insurance, Community Bank, Doug’s Auto Service, the Haysville Senior Center, Haysville True Value, Haysville Friends of the Library, Haysville Chamber of Commerce, Trudo’s Automotive, Shelter Insurance, ART Therapy, and the Derby Optimist Club. These local merchants and organizations furnished children with high-back boosters with five-point harnesses, convertible car seats, big kid belt positioning boosters, and base booster seats.
The remainder of the seats purchased for the event will be used by the Haysville Police Department and PRIDE technicians to help children the rest of the year.
This event furnished car seats to be provided to children whose existing seat was either recalled, outdated or not appropriate for the child’s size or age. The car seats were checked by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, who have had at least one full week of training and passed a written test given by Safe Kids World Wide. These technicians volunteer their time to make children safer.
The following people helped make Saturday a very successful day: technicians Aaron Watkins, Jessica Starnes and J.D. Willis; Det. Chad Case, Det. Brady Simmons and Det. Justin Henke of the Haysville Police Department; Brenda Gibson of Haysville PRIDE: and Sgt. Lenny Rose of the Wichita Police, Christina Havice of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department, and Kyle Trower and Chrystal Freeman of Pratt County.
A car seat check also takes many other volunteers to direct traffic, help parents fill out the child passenger check list, assist the technician, and do clerical work. PRIDE members Tom Gibson, Phil Harris Jennifer Masters, Christy Arneson, Wanda Gilmere, Joni Selenke, Penny Rosendale and Janet Parton all volunteered, as did Haysville Middle School volunteer Maverick Hatfield.
This year was the 24th year for the event, and more than 1,300 children have been served in that time. Gibson said the Haysville Police Department has the most certified child passenger safety technicians in Kansas.