Free child seat inspections in Orange County

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GOSHEN – The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today issued a reminder to parents and caregivers in Orange County that free car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians are available on Wednesday, January 12, and Saturday, January 29, in Middletown.  They also offer inspections year-round by appointment.

The schedule for the two January clinics are:

  • Wednesday, January 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The clinics are being held at the New York State Police Troop F Headquarters at 55 Crystal Run Road in Middletown.  For more information, contact Technical Sergeant Michael Belgiovene at (845) 346-3566 or ftraffic@troopers.ny.govAppointments are strongly encouraged.

These events are part of a yearlong safety initiative in which state and local law enforcement agencies and various community safety partners offer free child seat inspections. Trained technicians use the “Learn, Practice, and Explain” model to educate parents and caregivers on how to choose and properly install the appropriate seat for their child’s age and size and their vehicle, so it can be used correctly every time.

Those who cannot attend one of these free car seat check events can make an appointment with a local fitting station. Find more information on upcoming car seat check events near you.  See ratings on all car seats.

In addition to car seat inspections, parents and caregivers can view a series of videos produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) on the proper installation of rear-facing and forward-facing car seats and booster seats. The NHTSA also offers information on registering a child safety seat and finding the right car seat based on a child’s age and size.