16 new seats given to Cordova caregivers

Jessica Weaver and Amy Brown at the Buckle up for Life event in the back parking lot of Native Village of Eyak on Saturday. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times

By Amy K. Brown
For The Cordova Times

On May 13 and 14, Native Village of Eyak hosted a car seat checkup event in partnership with Center for Safe Alaskans. This partnership was made possible through a grant from Buckle Up for Life, Toyota, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The grant aims to bring growth and mentorship to child passenger safety technicians in rural areas. As part of the grant, Buckle Up for Life provided 16 seats to caregivers in need of a car seat or booster seat.

Car Seat Tips

  • Make sure your child is in the correct seat for their age, height, and weight.
  • Be sure your child is properly harnessed in their seat.
  • Do not transition to a booster seat before 4 years and 40 lbs. and boosters should be used until your child is at least 4’9”.
  • Children under 13 should ride in the back seat.
  • Check to see if your child’s car seat or booster seat is expired. Manufacturing information should be located on a label on the back or bottom of the seat. Many seats expire around 6 years from manufacture date.

More information on how to properly secure your child can be found at buckleupforlife.org.

Jessica Weaver is hoping to offer a car seat checkup event again next year, but in the meantime, she is available to help answer your car seat questions. She can be reached at (907) 424-2246 or email her at Jessica.Weaver@eyak-nsn.gov.

Amy K. Brown is a Child Passenger Safety Technician and program coordinator for the Center for Safe Alaskans. She can be reached at amy@safealaskans.org.