Governor's Traffic Safety Committee


Joe Morrissey
Casey McNulty

Friday, April 1, 2016

Free Inspections Available in Ten Counties Throughout the Month of April

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today announced that free child car seat inspections are available to parents and caregivers during the month of April in Albany, Allegany, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Onondaga, Saratoga, Ulster, and Westchester counties. As part of the Child Passenger Safety Program, state and local police agencies, along with various community safety partners, are offering free child car seat inspections by certified child passenger safety technicians. These technicians will use the model of "Learn, Practice, and Explain" to educate each caregiver on how to select a child restraint that will fit their child, fit their vehicle and be used correctly every time.

"New York State offers this free service to better protect our children when traveling," said Acting GTSC Chair and DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. "Properly installed car seats can greatly reduce the risk of death and injury during a crash, so I encourage motorists to use this opportunity to make sure children are properly buckled into their car seats before hitting the road."

The goal of this campaign is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children in the correct car safety restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster seats, and seat belts) for their age and size, and to ensure the safety restraints are properly used and installed by parents and caregivers. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children one to 13 years old, but 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 cars.

In November, Governor Cuomo announced the alarming results of Child Passenger Safety Week seat check events, during which 88 percent of the 931 seats inspected were found to be improperly installed. Technicians found that only 112 had been installed correctly, which demonstrates the importance of learning how to properly install car seats and taking advantage of the state and locally sponsored safety check events. A NHTSA survey released in 2012 revealed that 20 percent of all drivers of child passengers did not read any instructions on how to properly install their child restraints, yet 90 percent felt "confident" or "very confident" that their car seats and booster seats were installed correctly.

Below is a listing of child safety seat checks available across the state until the end of April:

April 2 Child Safety Seat Check - Columbia County
11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Hudson Central Firehouse, 77 North 7th Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Agency: Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Patricia Abitabile at (518) 828-3358 ext. 1293
April 2 Child Safety Seat Check - Erie County
4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Administrative & Regional Training Center Parking Garage and Classroom A
144 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Agency: Catholic Health of Buffalo - WomanCare
Registration Required
Contact: For Registration: (716) 447-6205
April 9 Child Safety Seat Check - Columbia County
9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Price Chopper Parking Lot, 2614 Route 66, Ghent, NY 12075
Agency: Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Pat Abitabile at (518) 828-3358 ext. 1293
April 9 Child Safety Seat Check - Delaware County
10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
FoxCare Center, 1 Foxcare Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820
Agency: Delaware County Public Health
Contact: Heather Warner at (607) 832-5200
April 9 Child Safety Seat Check - Westchester County
9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
White Plains Police Department, 77 South Lexington Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Agency: Westchester Safe Kids
Contact: Robert Deney at (914) 422-6111
April 12 Child Safety Seat Check - Saratoga County
4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Clifton Park Halfmoon Ambulance, 15 Crossings Blvd., Clifton Park, NY 12065
Agency: New York State Police
Appointment Required
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258
April 16 Child Safety Seat Check - Onondaga County
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Northwest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Trooper Paul Carner at (315) 366-6035
April 16 Child Safety Seat Check - Cortland County
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
NYS Grange Museum, 100 Grange Place, Cortland, NY 13045
Agency: Cortland County Health Department
Contact: ReBecca Canzano at (607) 758-5509
April 23 Child Safety Seat Check - Allegany County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Alfred State College Student Leadership H.O.P.R., 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802
Agency: NYS University Police at Alfred
Contact: Mark Woodworth at (607) 587-3999
April 30 Child Safety Seat Check - Ulster County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Village of Ellenville Government Center, 2 Elting Court, Ellenville, NY 12428
Agency: Village of Ellenville Police Department
Contact: Sergeant Robert Morse at (845) 647-4422
April 30 Child Safety Seat Check - Albany County
11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Albany Medical Center Parking Garage, 40 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208
Agency: Albany Police Department (Albany County Traffic Safety Board) & Capital Region Safe Kids (Albany Medical College)
Contact: Kelley Pike at (518) 262-0890

Parents and caregivers can also get proactive about checking their child's safety seat at home. NHTSA produced a series of videos, which are available on its website, that instruct parents and caregivers how to install rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and booster seats. Additionally, Safe Kids and NHTSA recommend the following Safe Kids checklist:

To make an appointment with a child seat inspection site near you, click here. Find more information on upcoming child safety seat checks near you here. Click here for ratings on all car seats.