Members of the Bourne Fire Department encourage families from Bourne and surrounding towns to take part in a Car Seat Safety Event being offered at the Massachusetts State Police Barracks at the Bourne South Rotary by the Bourne Bridge.

The event is free of charge and scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, from noon to 3 PM. Parents can have members of the Massachusetts State Police Traffic Programs Section and the Cape and Islands Child Safety Passenger Safety Programs inspect car seats installed in vehicles and correct any errors in installation.

Troopers and technicians will also educate families about car seat safety, whether their specific car seat may have been recalled and whether the car seat they have is right for the age and weight of their child.

“As a parent or caregiver,” Bourne Fire Lieutenant Philip Tura said, “we know you have a long list of things to do to show your children just how much you love them, and one of the top priorities is keeping them safe, and that should always include using the right car seat, booster seat or seat belt for your child.”

Lt. Tura noted that every 32 seconds in 2018, a child was involved in a passenger vehicle crash. Statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration, he said, also show that 46 percent of child car seats are misused.

“Parents: don’t think you know, know you know that your kids are secure in their car seats and are in the right seats for their ages and sizes,” the lieutenant said.

This event is presented by the Massachusetts State Police Troop D, Traffic Programs Section and Community Liaison Team; the Cape and Islands Child Passenger Safety Program; AAA; and local Cape Cod police and fire departments.

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