Local public safety officers are hoping to help families kick off the new decade safely by offering a free car seat check Tuesday.

Morganton Department of Public Safety’s Station 3, just across from Western Piedmont Community College on Burkemont Avenue, will be hosting a car seat check from 2-4 p.m. in partnership with the Burke County Safe Kids Coalition, said Lt. W. Lackey with MDPS.

He said the event will be rain or shine, and the garage bays will be set up like a drive thru to keep parents, caregivers and inspectors dry.

All of the PSOs who will be helping at the event are certified car seat technicians, Lackey said.

“Our guys will inspect car seats,” Lackey said. “Teach you how to install them the correct way to the parent, caregiver, whoever is there.”

Car seats also will be available for purchase at the event, Lackey said.

“We’ll do the check and inspection free of charge, and if you need to buy a seat we’ll have them there for an affordable price as well,” Lackey said. “We don’t make any money off that.”

Lackey said the department tries to do three or four events like this per year.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping our kids safe,” Lackey said.

The car seat check will come just more than a week after Trooper D.R. Lane told The News Herald a toddler broke both her legs in a wreck where she was restrained in the wrong kind of car seat.

“If they’re not properly restrained, you run the risk of them not only bouncing around in the vehicle and potentially throwing them out, but if the seat itself isn’t installed correctly and the straps themselves aren’t worn correctly, you can actually, your child can be hurt,” Lackey said.

Visit for more information on car seat safety from North Carolina Safe Kids.

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