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Published on May 23, 2024
Eden Prairie Police Offer Free Car Seat Safety Checks at Spring Clinic to Ensure Proper InstallationSource: Unsplash/Alexander Grey

Parents, it's time to buckle up and secure your kids the right way. The Eden Prairie Police Department (EPPD) is hosting a Car Seat Clinic that could be a real lifesaver. The clinic is scheduled for June 2 at the Eden Prairie Fire Station #1, offering free checks on children's car seat installations by certified technicians.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a staggering number of child safety seats are installed incorrectly – nearly half of them. This puts our little ones at unnecessary risk every day. In an effort to combat this issue, the EPPD's Spring Car Seat Clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with no appointments necessary. Just drive up and wait for a professional to ensure that your child's seat is installed correctly.

If you're concerned about whether you've been securing your child in their car seat properly, you're not the only one. The clinic's goal, apart from offering peace of mind, is to educate and assist parents and caregivers in the proper car seat installation techniques. With such an important service on offer, it's bound to be a busy day, so participants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis, the official announcement from the EPPD notes.

Before heading to the clinic, don't forget to bring your car seat, the manual, and your child, since technicians might need to make adjustments specific to your kid's size and weight. And here's a pro tip: to make the process as smooth as possible, stay in your car until a staff member signals you. But, if you can't make it on June 2, Eden Prairie residents have the option of calling 952-949-6200 to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a certified technician.

The EPPD is stepping up to tackle a critical safety concern for families throughout Eden Prairie. Make sure you take advantage of this event to ensure your child hits the road safely every time they buckle up.