Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department, in conjunction with Safe Kids, and with the assistance of Murfreesboro Police Department, Rutherford County EMS, and Rutherford County Sheriffâ€™s Office, will host a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station at Rutherford County S.O.R.T. office on Fortress Boulevard on Thursday from 3:00-5:00 pm. The inspection station is the final requirement for a 3-day course to certify nine MFRD personnel, along with personnel from MPD, RCEMS, and RCSO, as Child Safety Seat Technicians. Statistics show that approximately 90 percent of vehicles that come through the inspection stations have car seats that are installed incorrectly.
An accident just last week illustrates the importance of having your child secured properly in their car seat. Josh Carney of Shelbyville and his two-year-old son Mason were involved in a motor vehicle accident on February 24th near Christiana Middle School. Their vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck. Masonâ€™s seat belt was severed by a piece of metal, and he was ejected from the car in his car seat. Carney credits the car seat for saving his childâ€™s life. Carney and his wife Amy both encourage all parents to double check their childâ€™s car seat to make sure they are properly installed.
If you are unable to make it to Wednesdayâ€™s Child Safety Seat Inspection Station, there are other opportunities to check your childâ€™s car seat. Contact MFRDâ€™s Administration Office at 893-1422 Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm for more information.