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Recent Child Seat Check Results in Safer Installation and Use

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most children need to ride in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most children need to ride in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old. At 8 years, most children are the appropriate height and weight (4’9’’ and more than 80 pounds) to safely ride in a seatbelt.

Recently, Project 8, Sioux Falls Safe Kids Collation and the SF Law Enforcement Center, conducted a Car Seat Check Event. Thirteen families took advantage of this FREE check to ensure they are properly using their car seats. Car seat technicians were on hand to teach parents and guardians about proper use and installation of car seats and found that 17 out of 19 seats needed to be adjusted or reinstalled.

“Project 8 is our goal to keep kids safe by making sure they are in the best child seat for their height and weight, until they are at least 8 years old,” said Amy Heisinger, Project 8 Coordinator, Sanford Children’s Hospital CHILD Services. “Through these car seat checks, we hope to be able to keep our children healthy and safe.”

If you would like to schedule an individual carseat inspection or have further questions regarding carseats contact Sanford Children’s Hospital CHILD Services at 605-333-0698.


Project 8, a state funded program, was launched in the Fall of 2005 to help educate parents and guardians about proper use and installation of car seats. Project 8 also distributes child seats to income eligible families statewide by assessing financial need. Visit www.state.sd.us/project8 for more information about Project 8.