Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Sept. 15, 2008

Project 8 urges parents and caregivers to have child safety seats inspected
Free inspections offered as part of National Seat Check Saturday, National Child Passenger Safety Week

PIERRE, S.D. –According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed in vehicles. To help combat this issue, South Dakota’s Child Seat Program, Project 8, will be offering free seat inspections in conjunction with National Seat Check Saturday and National Child Passenger Safety Week.

Saturday, Sept. 20 has been deemed the second annual National Seat Check Saturday. In recognition of the event, Project 8 technicians will be available in Pierre, at Fire Station #4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free inspections will also be offered in at the Lakewood Mall in Aberdeen from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, Sept. 21-27 will be recognized as National Child Passenger Safety Week, an effort to remind parents and caregivers of the lifesaving ability of child safety seats. The following communities will have certified technicians available to provide on-site child safety seat inspections:

  • Sioux Falls: September 21, 12-4 p.m. at Billion Automotive, 600 W 41st St.; September 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at I-Care Daycare, 2700 W 49th St.
  • Waubay: September 23, 11-2 at the Waubay Health Office, 30 S Main St.
  • Rapid City: September 25, 3-6 p.m. at Storybook Island, 1301 Sheridan Lake Road
  • Watertown: September 27, 11-1 in the Mall parking lot.  

Project 8, the Governor’s Car Seat Program, began in July of 2005. The program educates parents, child care providers, and other guardians about using the proper restraint system for their child’s height and weight. Once a child reaches 40 pounds, a booster seat should be utilized until the child is at least eight years old. By then most children reach the proper height and weight requirements (4’9” and more than 80 pounds) to ride safely in a seatbelt. Project 8 also distributes infant seats, toddler seats, or booster seats to income eligible families throughout South Dakota. Program offices are located in the following communities: Rapid City, Pierre, Aberdeen, Brookings and Sioux Falls.

To learn more about Project 8, visit the program’s website at Child Safety Seat or contact Communications Director Tarah Jahnig at (605) 773-3165 or