Published: Sep 17, 2010 7:01 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 17, 2010 4:02 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Kohl’s Safety for Center will be providing free car seat safety inspections on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Kohl’s Department Store located at 9357 Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Research shows that an estimated 30 percent of children still continue to ride unrestrained and 80 percent of all car seats are used incorrectly.  More than 1,700 children have been saved since 1996 just because they were riding in a properly fitted car seat and in the back seat.

Education and information to improve these numbers is of critical need in our community.  According to Safe Kids and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a correctly used safety seat reduces fatality risk by 71 percent and serious injury risk by 67 percent. 

Car seats will be available at a reduced price if your car seat is part of a recall, out dated or not the appropriate car seat for the child.

Bilingual fitting technicians will be available. Appointments are strongly encouraged and may be made by calling 239-432-4491 for a time that’s convenient for you.