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Car seat checks ensure safety for children in Missoula


Missoula Rural Fire Department holds a car seat check on the second Saturday of every month. (Photo: NBC Montana)
Missoula Rural Fire Department holds a car seat check on the second Saturday of every month. (Photo: NBC Montana)
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Law enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations partnered together to hold a car seat check event in Missoula this week.

"We have found that about 80% of car seats are not installed correctly so we want to make sure that our most precious cargo is riding as safely as possible," said Steve Schmidt, coordinator for Drive Safe Missoula. "This is an opportunity for parents to come in and get their car seats checked with a certified technician."

Parents lined up in their cars while 16 child passenger safety technicians inspected car seats.

This is something we can do to help our community and be proactive in helping parents, grandparents, childcare providers who transport kids, keeping our local kids safe. Having a properly installed car seat is essential," said Lydia Arnold with the Missoula Police Department.

Missoula Rural Fire Department holds a car seat check on the second Saturday of every month.

Residents can call Drive Safe Missoula at 406-258-3880 to schedule an appointment.

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