Child safety seat inspections will be conducted by the Plainfield Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at Meijer, 13521 S. Route 59.
The event is sponsored by state Rep. Tom Cross (R-Plainfield), the Illinois Department of Transportation, AAA and Dorel. The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration estimates that in 2008, 244 children under the age of 5 were saved in traffic accidents because child safety seats and adult seat belts were used.
Experts recommend that children under the age of 1 and weighing less than 20 pounds should sit in rear-facing child safety seats in the back seat. They should sit in a front-facing child safety seat in the back seat until they are about 4 years old and weigh more than 40 pounds. Children must sit in a booster seat in the back seat until they are about 8 and taller than 4-foot-9, which is the height at which they can use a standard seatbelt. All children under the age of 13 should sit in the back seat, experts say.
For more information, call 815-436-6544, Ext. 7150.