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Winter driving conditions create increased need for properly installed child seats

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As the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall in the Truckee Meadows, roads become wet, icy and dangerous. Drivers with child passengers must pay particular close attention to the driving obstacles winter weather presents. Unfortunately, three out of four child car seats have been incorrectly installed, making it even more dangerous on the roads for families.

In 2005, the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), Renown Health and Saint Mary’s established the region’s first permanent, full-time facility to offer child vehicle safety restraint education, inspection and installation. The Northern Nevada Fitting Station continues to serve the area to ensure more cars have properly installed car seats making the roads safer for children, especially during the winter months that have increased driving hazards.

REMSA, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s have also announced that the Northern Nevada Fitting Station will reduce its standard fee from $45 to $25 per installation. A sliding fee-scale is also offered for low-income families with a minimum charge of $10 per car seat. Additionally, car seats are available for an at-cost purchase price at the Fitting Station and must be installed at the time of purchase.

“Car crashes are the number one cause of death for all children,” said Melissa Krall, director of Community Outreach for REMSA. “Most crashes happen close to home and can cause injury, even at low speeds. Although many parents feel as though they have correctly installed their child’s safety seat, it is crucial to have an expert examine the seat to ensure it’s properly used.”

The Northern Nevada Fitting Station is open Monday through Friday and staffed with a nationally certified technician to inspect and install car seats correctly. Spanish appointments are available one day a week. To schedule an appointment, call 815-0981.

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