Baldwin City children's safety seat check helps parents correct common problems

Baldwin school district Parents as Teachers coordinator Robyn Elder checks out child safety seat of Alex Jacob Lemon, the infant son of Jason Lemon, Saturday at a child safety seat check. The family was able to get a new seat at the event. Enlarge photo

October 5, 2015

Jason Lemon and his infant son Alex Jacob got a surprise during a Saturday morning child safety seat check in the parking lot of the Baldwin Athletic Club.
“I got a new safety seat, actually,” Lemon said. “I learned our other safety seat was outdated. I learned a lot about our air bags as they pertain to the safety seat.”

The Baldwin school district’s Parents as Teachers program partnered with Safe Kids Douglas County Coalition to make the free child safety seat check available, said Robyn Elder, Parents as Teachers coordinator for the Baldwin district. It is something the two programs try to schedule once a semester in Baldwin City.

Saturday’s check was “very busy,” Elden said. Common problems spotted Saturday morning and at other safety checks were loose straps and children too big for seats, she said.

Another common problems was the recycling of recalled or expired safety seats, Elder said. Parents often break out the safety seats bought for older children with the arrival of a new babies or perhaps have seats given to them by a family members or friends, Elder said. She recommends parents check recall lists or expiration dates before recycling seats.

Functional seats cost from $50 to $100, Elder said. That can be a concern for parents faced with the expenses associated with a newborn child.

“We can help with that,” she said. “It’s a service we provide. We do ask for a donation, but we give out seats at a very low cost.”

Those who missed Saturday’s event but would like to attend one of the regular child safety seat checks in Lawrence or learn more about the low-cost safety seat program should call him at 785-505-3067, said John Drees, Safe Kids Douglas County Coalition coordinator.

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