I had a car seat check event today. It wasn’t terribly busy, so the techs had some time to chit-chat, which was nice. The organizer of today’s event was the same person who organized the last event I did, about a month ago. She works at the children’s hospital, and takes part in meetings where they report on vehicle crash victims who come in, what their injuries were, etc. She told me today that an infant who came through our last event (I didn’t do her check personally, another tech did) had been in a crash. And the paramedic (ER doctor? Can’t remember who exactly) said that the properly installed car seat saved her life. And it was properly installed because her mother was able to come to a car seat check to learn how to install the seat correctly.
(How do I know that’s why it was properly installed? Something like 85% of car seats are installed incorrectly, and those that are installed incorrectly – i.e. most car seats – have an average of at least three things that are done wrong. I have never yet checked a single seat that was 100% correctly installed.)
THAT is why I do this.