In collaboration with the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department, child passenger safety car seat clinics are conducted on a monthly basis. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff at the Health and Fire departments assess car seats, checking for correct installation, and whether the seat is proper for the child’s weight and age. Technicians also check for recall information, expiration dates and more. Car seats are also provided at no cost for those in need. Clinics are funded through grants, donations and fund-raisers. In FY17, 133 car seats were inspected, and 72 seats were donated to those in need.
In July of 2012, Amber and her two twin daughters were returning
home from a camping trip, when their world, quite literally, flipped upside-down. Brought to you by Buckle-Up Montana; video by 5518 Designs.
Children aged 4 to 8 who are properly restrained in Belt Positioning Booster seats were 45% less likely to sustain injuries than similarly aged children who were using the vehicle seat belt.
Journal of Pediatrics
Studies have shown that car seats significantly lower the risk of serious injury in children. Incapacitating injuries among children under 8 years old was almost three times higher for unrestrained children. In side impact collisions, where the child was seated on the side of the vehicle that was struck, unrestrained children were eight times more likely to suffer an incapacitating injury than restrained children. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration