Safe Kids Johnston County Urges Parents To Check Car Seats

Correct Common Mistakes that Can Save a Child’s Life

Johnston County Commissioners have recognized the importance of Child Passenger Safety by proclaiming September 19 – 25 as Child Passenger Safety Week and September 25 as National Seat Check Saturday.   

During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are concentrating on many priorities at once, including how to keep their kids safe and healthy. September’s focus on child passenger safety provides parents an opportunity to place a life-saving emphasis on child safety in cars by making sure their child’s car seat is installed and used correctly.

Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for children in the U.S. and correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Unfortunately, almost 60 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly.

“Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, back to school, or a long-distance road trip, correctly used car seats, booster seats and seat belts are the best way to make sure your family is the most protected,” said Jennifer Williams, Safe Kids Johnston County Coordinator.

Safe Kids Johnston County urges every parent in our community to take advantage of permanent checking stations located in Johnston County. There, Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will work with you to check for common and easy-to-fix mistakes that could save your child’s life.

Safe Kids Johnston County, along with partners in safety at the Selma Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat check event on Saturday September 25, 2021 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Selma Fire Department. No appointment needed.

Families who are unable to make it to the event can contact Safe Kids Johnston County for an appointment for assistance locating a local Permanent Checking Station. Email or call 919-975-2521. 

For more information about Safe Kids Johnston County or to get involved with the local coalition contact Jennifer Williams, Safe Kids JoCo Coordinator at 919-975-2521 or email

Safe Kids Johnston County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids Johnston County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Johnston County was founded in 2009 and is led by the Partnership for Children of Johnston County.


  1. Where’s the uproar about our freedoms and government mandated seat belts?!? I thought we’d see outrage about making our kids be locked and chained to their seats like convicted felons and how it’s time to fight back against the tyranny of the political elites who probably drive around their neighborhoods without seat belts on anyhow. Hypocrites.

    • Officially you can chose not to but at least there is real science to prove that seatbelts and car seats work in a wreck. We all grew up without the laws and lived. Arbitrary Mandates are not laws and can not be enforced. Huge difference. Still your choice to not seatbelt or use car seats but you get to deal with the consequences just like wearing masks. Not masking has a better survivability than not belting though.

  2. Don’t listen to these so-called “experts”. It’s your constitutional right to proetct your child however best you see fit. Show me in the constitution where it says we have to put children in car seats. I’ll wait.

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