The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), Safer New Mexico Now (Safer), and the Frank W. Yates Jr. Family Foundation will host a virtual car seat clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. This annual car seat clinic will be held as a celebration of life and remembrance of Cy Palmer, a 7-year-old who tragically lost his life as the result of a motor vehicle crash on November 15, 2017. Although Palmer was wearing his seat belt, he was not using a booster seat, which ensures the seat belt fits correctly and the passenger is properly restrained in the event of a crash.
To participate in the virtual event, parents and caregivers must have a valid email address, access to the Internet or Wi-Fi, and the ability to use Zoom via the app or website. Zoom can be downloaded by visiting https://zoom.us/
Additional items required to successfully complete the virtual car seat education session include:
- Car seat
- Car seat manual
- Vehicle manual
- Laptop or smartphone with video capabilities
- The child’s exact height and weight
- Child should be present if possible
- A second person to assist with camera/video session
Technicians will spend approximately 30 minutes per seat educating parents on the correct selection, installation, and use of their car seats and booster seats, including reviewing the parts of the car seat, how to find and use car seat labels, how to secure a car seat in the vehicle properly using the vehicle seat belt, how to check the seat for proper installation, and how to properly fit and adjust the harness on a child. Parents and caregivers will also learn important information regarding after-market products, common errors in car seat safety, and be able to ask questions.
Donations in memory of Cy Palmer will be accepted during this event, or to donate online, visit http://shop.safernm.org/donation-form. All funds will be utilized to support child passenger safety and car seat awareness.
Car seat clinics are a public service funded by the NMDOT and are available to everyone. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (800) 231-6145.