The complexities of child safety seat installation were addressed during a three-day course in Nebraska City as a class of 12 learned, both in the classroom and with hands-on demonstrations, how to properly install a safety seat for a child in a vehicle.Buy the car seat and buckle it into your car. That would seem to be all one needs to accomplish.
The trick? It’s not that easy.
Laura Osborne of Southeast Safety for Kids said there are some 100,000 different child seat and car installation combinations, each one different. And a child seat that’s not installed properly offers little or no safety for a child in the event of an accident or sudden stop.
Osborne said folks who successfully completed the course would be certified to check to see if a child safety seat is properly installed in a vehicle.
The course, administered by Southeast Safety for Kids was accomplished through a partnership of Safe Kids Worldwide and the National Highway Safety Administration.
The event concluded with a free child safety seat check at the Nebraska City Fire Hall on Friday night as parents from the area brought their vehicles in and were given tips and instruction in addition to making certain their car seats were installed correctly.
Michelle Davis of Johnson was one of the parents who attended the free event. She was having a pair of safety seats checked so that she could be sure her grandkids were being transported safely.
After talking with the technicians, Davis found out that child safety seat installation was no easy task.  
When she came into the Fire Hall, Davis said she wasn’t sure that the seats were correctly installed. She left the event with her mind at ease knowing that all was well.
She says events like the one on Friday are essential and could very well end up saving lives.
Couldn’t attend the free event? Osborne said parents in Otoe County who would like to get their car seats checked can do so by contacting Syracuse Community Memorial Hospital or by contacting the Nebraska State Patrol.