The Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) events will
be held at family-friendly locations across Northern Illinois
weekly in July. For information, visit illinoistollway.com.
Summer is a time for families to enjoy road
trips-and the perfect time to do a child safety seat check just in
case that fun trip ends with a crash.
Parents know getting the child seat in just right can be a
big pain. You have to put it in the correct place and fiddle with
buttons and belts to make sure your child is locked in
Illinois State Trooper Michelle Kistulinec makes it her
mission to train parents on getting them in correctly and keeping
kids safe. She, Illinois State Police District 15 and the Illinois
Tollway are working together this summer to do just that with free
safety seat inspections and child identification cards.
Correcting the seats is "not always a quick fix,"
Kistulinec says. Even Kistulinec struggles with the belts
sometimes, but she says the effort is worth it. Check out a video
of Kistulinec showing how to properly secure the seat
She offers two tips to remember:
One, safety seats expire. The seats become outdated and
the changes in weather compromise the plastic. Kistulinec advises
parents to check the labels on the seats regularly.
"The labels have the manufacturer's name, the model name
and the manufacture date. Seats are typically good for six years
from that date," she says.
Another tip, Kistulinec says, is to never buy a used car
seat from a garage sale or secondhand store.
"The seat could be compromised or outdated,"
she says. "Each car seat is only tested one time to make sure
that it is safe. It is important to be the original owner of the
Lindsey is Chicago Parent's summer 2013 intern. She is a senior at Ball State University.
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