COTTAGE HILLS — Parents NOW will host its annual car seat safety event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Gorilla Express Auto Wash, 444 MacArthur Drive.
According to a study conducted by Chrysler, 96 percent of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are installed correctly, but NHTSA research shows seven out of 10 children are improperly restrained, putting them at risk for serious injury or death in a crash. Last year, 60 car seats were inspected and 75 percent were found to be inaccurately functioning or improperly installed. Each vehicle that has its car seats checked is eligible for free vacuum by volunteers and a free automatic car wash.
Other sponsors of this event include Woodman Collision Center Inc., Godfrey; Winner’s Circle Automotive Inc., Bethalto; ABC Healthcare Plan Inc., East Alton; Roma’s Pizza, Bethalto; OGSystems, St. Louis; IT Consulting, St. Louis; Brooks Fleetwood Insurance Group Inc., Alton; Farmland Auto Glass Inc., Edwardsville; RLS Global Inc., Wood River.; and individual donations from community members.
Parents NOW meets 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the second Friday and fourth Wednesday of each month (except December) for young parents age 25 to 31. Families NOW is for parents age 25 to 31. Both meetings are held at 724 E. Bethalto Blvd., Bethalto. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.