Over 90% of car and booster seats are used incorrectly – does this include yours? Misuse rates in Canada are shockingly high, yet a properly selected, installed, and used car seat or booster seat can reduce death and serious injury by 70%. In British Columbia, the law is quite clear that the obligation is on the driver to ensure any children in the vehicle are appropriately and properly restrained. Many parents are unsure of how to properly use their seats, or don’t realize they have made many unintentional errors.
Nationally certified Children’s Restraint Systems Technician Instructor Jen Shapka, with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada and Vancouver Island Car Seat Technicians is organizing a free car seat clinic in Nanaimo on February 18th from 12:15-4:00, hosted by the Cross Roads Crisis Pregnancy Centre.
The car seat clinic is the culminating event for new technicians-in-training. Nanaimo children will be safer in their seats, and the new technicians (under supervision) will get hands-on experience working with real parents, vehicles, and car seats.
For more information about registering for the clinic visit www.vicarseattechs.com and look for Events on the right hand side. Appointments are required to guarantee a space but some drop-in space will be available.