SANTA FE — Sept. 18-24 is National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week. The campaign focuses on the importance of properly securing children in an appropriate car or booster seat.
To support the event, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will sponsor Car Seat Inspection Clinics 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 as part of National Seat Check Saturday.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle-related injuries remain a leading cause of death for children ages 15 and younger. Using car seats decreases the risk of death by an estimated 71 percent for rear-facing infants and 54 percent for older, forward-facing children. Additionally, booster seats reduce the likelihood of significant injury for 4 to 8-year-old children over the use of seat belts alone.
During the event, parents and caregivers will work one-on-one with nationally certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will spend approximately 30 minutes per seat educating parents on the proper selection, installation, and use of their car and booster seats. Parents and caregivers also will learn important information regarding common errors in car seat safety and will be able to ask questions. If a technician determines a car seat to be recalled, expired, or otherwise unsafe, replacement seats will be available. A $25 seat replacement fee may apply.
To participate in the statewide clinics, parents and caregivers should bring their car seat, car seat manual, vehicle manual, and the child should be present if possible. Car seat inspections are first-come, first-served and no appointments are necessary. For more information, call 505-856-6143.
Statewide car seat clinics will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the following locations:
- Albuquerque (Northeast): Kohl’s, 6800 Holly Avenue NE;
- Albuquerque (Northwest) Kohl’s, 3715 Ellison Road;
- Santa Fe: Kohl’s, 4401 Cerrillos Road;
- Las Cruces: New Mexico Department of Health, 1170 N Solano Drive;
- Gallup: Rio West Mall, 1300 W Maloney;
- Clovis: Hobby Lobby, 2001 Prince Street; and
- Farmington: Animas Valley Mall 4601, East Main Street.
The clinics are a public service provided by the NMDOT’s Traffic Safety Division and Safer New Mexico Now. There is no charge for this service, however a car seat replacement fee of $25 may apply. For more information about National Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday, or for other child passenger safety information, call 505.856.6143 or visit www.safernm.org.
For more information about the New Mexico Department of Transportation, visit www.dot.nm.gov.