Car seat clinic on south side today


It's one of the most important things you do to protect your child. But odds are that you're doing it wrong. That's why Franciscan St. Francis Health is putting on a free event to keep your family safe today.

From 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., St. Francis will host a car seat clinic to help parents properly install child seats in their vehicles.  The National Transportation Safety Board estimates three of four parents install their seats the wrong way.

The source of most mistakes stems from the myriad of differences in cars and seats, and some are just incompatible with the other.

Seats should be anchored properly, with no more than 1-inch of movement in any direction once the seat is anchored in the vehicle.

The NTSB and pediatricians recommend that seats be installed rear-facing for as long as the child can fit properly.

Appointments at today's clinic will fill up fast.

The clinic will take place in the 5230 building on the St. Francis campus near Stop 11 and Emerson on the far south side.