Child safety seats appear durable, but new or used, they deserve a good looking-over. Gary's Quality Automotive of Grand Island volunteered their repair bays to give parents peace of mind.
Ann Brunzell, Saint Francis Medical Center RN and inspection coordinator, commented on the inspections: "You know that it's not under recall, you know that it's not over six years of age. You know that you've cleaned it exactly according to manufacturer's instructions. All of those things parents don't think twice about, and all of them could impact your ability to be safe in a crash."
A fourteen point checklist created by Melinda Sturgill helped guide the free inspections. And, more parents will be wanting the checklist as used safety seat sales are on the rise, made ever easier by internet bulletin boards.
As Cindy Pfenning discovered, her used model wasn't such a bargain.
Cindy Pfenning: "We went with getting a little cheaper car seat from a garage sale because it was cheaper, we have two vehicles; so that's why we did what we did, but I'm not...no, never again. It's worth the money for the safety of your kids."