Child Safety Seats Must be Installed Correctly

Fireman Paul Juergens is a child safety seat technician for the fire department in Sheridan. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Fireman Paul Juergens is a child safety seat technician for the fire department in Sheridan. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

A local child safety seat technician said both the seat and the child must be strapped in correctly. Sheridan Media’s Leslie Stratmoen has the report.


Traveling in a car with your small grandchild isn’t as easy as it once was – hopping in and holding the child on your lap. Safety seats are a necessity now, but expensive, especially if you’re only going to use one for a short visit. So, many people borrow or pick up a used one.

But is this a good idea? Well, it can be, if the seat passes a safety check and is installed correctly. And that can be done in Sheridan by making an appointment with the local fire department.
During a recent demonstration, Sheridan fireman Paul Juergens said a good way to start is by checking to see if the seat has an expiration date. He said most are only guaranteed for about six years because at that point the plastic used can become brittle and break in a crash and the manufacturer can be held liable. Then you place the seat in the back seat and start strapping it in place by using the vehicle’s seatbelts.

Once the seat’s in properly, he said, you also need to know how to strap in the child.

For the most part, he said seatbelts are so much a part of the culture, now, that using one has become routine for anyone who wants to keep a child safe from harm.

SheridanWyoming.com

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