If you or anyone you know needs a new children’s car seat, you may want to attend the free car seat event planned for 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, May 20, in the parking lot at the Parker Public Library. The event is being put on by the Town of Parker’s Community Health Outreach Program.

The website TMC Health states: “Arizona law (ARS 28-907) requires all children under 8 years old and under 4 feet-9 inches tall to be properly secured in a child safety seat. Child safety seats include infant seats, convertible seats, forward-facing seats or other federally-approved safety devices. The seat must meet appropriate height and weight specifications for the child. There is a fine of up to $176.”

TMC Health goes on to state that 40 percent of all children who should be in a car seat aren’t in one, and 80 percent of car seats are installed improperly. Properly installed rear-facing seats have been shown to fatalities by 71 percent, while properly-installed forward-facing seats have reduced fatalities by 54 percent.

Infant seats, 3-in-1s, and backless booster seats will be available at the May 20 event. This will be a drive-through event, but assistance will be available if you need help with installing the seats.

To qualify for a free car seat, one must first complete an online survey. To find this survey, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TD3WTVV.

In addition to the Community Health Outreach Program, the event is being sponsored by the Parker Police Department and the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety.

For more information, call the Town of Parker Community Health Outreach Program at 928-669-1062.

Pioneer reporter John Gutekunst contributed to this story.


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