Free child car seats, clinic at Franciscan MC Sept. 26


Franciscan Health Michigan City will host a free car seat safety clinic, including free seat giveaways, on Sunday, Sept. 26.

The hospital is located at 301 Homer St.; the clinic will be by appointment only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some qualifications are required to receive a free car seat. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 931-3322.

Free car seats, provided by a generous grant from Geminus Regional Health Systems, will be installed by a certified technician while supplies last. Caregivers must bring their children to the appointment so the technician can see how the child fits in his/her current car seat and make adjustments for the new one.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends that whether you’ve just installed a car seat or need help installing or using one, you get help at a car seat inspection station near you.

Children under age 2 should always ride rear facing and should remain that way until they reach the top weight and height allowed by the seat manufacturer. Children between 4 and 7 should be in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. Once the child outgrows the forward-facing seat, it’s time to get a booster seat, but still keep it in the back seat. Children 8 to 12 should remain in a booster seat until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly.

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