September 18, 2015 --
tapped to a yellow sign inscribed with the words “car seat check point” caught
the attention of Lisa Johnson’s daughter.
want a balloon,” the youngster said to her mother, a pre-kindergarten teacher
with the Child Development Center at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, as
they walked to their car from the CDC.
child was unaware her mother had planned to stop and get her a balloon while
safety officials inspected her car seat.
Johnson family received more than a balloon, they learned their car seat had
expired and received a new car seat at the check point hosted by Marine Corps
event was very informative and I did not know car seats expired,” Johnson said.
“I am concerned about her health and safety and it is very important to me
knowing she is in (a new) car seat.
added she is comforted knowing her child is protected and that she is happy and
does mind getting in her new seat and strapping up.
Enfinger, MCCS’ safety officer and certified child passenger safety technician,
conducted the annual event in recognition of the Child Passenger Safety Week,
want to keep children safe when they are riding in vehicles,” Enfinger said. “The
purpose of the event is to educate parents and caregivers how to properly
install and use their child safety seats.”
car seats are also checked to make sure there are no manufacture recalls and the
seats have not expired, she added.
are actually several reasons why car seats expire such as engineering
improvements and changes to safety regulations,” she said. “But the real reason
is that most car seats are made of plastic and over time the plastic can
fatigue and crack, hampering the seat’s ability to protect children in an
changes and extreme temperatures, like those felt in Albany, can also accelerate
plastic's degradation,” Enfinger added.
the inspections, Enfinger found two car seats that expired in December 2012.
and caregivers do not have to wait for the annual event to have their child
safety seats checked.
more information or to make an appointment, call 229-639-7050.