SPRINGWATER — The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) announced that free car seat inspections are available to parents and caregivers during the month of January throughout the state.


As part of a yearlong safety initiative, state and local law enforcement agencies, together with various community safety partners, are offering free inspections by certified child passenger safety technicians.


Locally, the nearest event is scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Springwater Fire Department located at 8145 South Main Street, Springwater, NY 14560.


The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County. Contact Jaime Johnson at (585) 991-5420 for more info.


DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “I encourage parents and caregivers to take this opportunity to ensure that their child’s car seat is checked and properly installed. These free inspections are an easy but important step in protecting children year-round.”


These events aim to ensure all parents and caregivers understand how to choose an appropriate seat for the child’s age and size and how to install the seat correctly. Trained technicians will use the model of “Learn, Practice, and Explain” to educate caregivers on how to select a child restraint that will fit their child, fit their vehicle and be used correctly every time.


Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger vehicles.