Child-seat techs checking seats in Lufkin on Thursday

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (Press release) - Parents are invited to ask the experts about the proper security of their child's safety and booster seats during the Angelina Rotary Club's Safety Seat Checkup on Thursday, March 10.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Kmart parking lot, and is sponsored by the Angelina Rotary and Davis Insurance in conjunction with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety.

Certified child safety seat technicians will go over a checkup form with parents and point out what is correct and incorrect with each child safety seat, according to Katherine Flanagan, President of Angelina Rotary. The technicians also will help educate parents on how to properly install a safety seat.

"We want to help parents learn how to securely fasten their children into the car so every trip is a safe trip," Ms. Flanagan said. "Rotary's focus this year is on improving childhood mortality. By ensuring children are properly restrained in a vehicle, we can help reduce the number of children injured and killed in traffic accidents."

According to Kari Aycock with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, four out of five car seats are used improperly. "Too many children ages 4 to 8 are not restrained properly for their size and age. Only 10 percent to 20 percent of children 4 to 8 who should be using booster seats to protect them are actually in one," statistics show.

For families with more than one child, tips on the safest seat positions will be available.

The Angelina Rotary Club, a Lufkin service organization, meets every Thursday at noon at Crown Colony Country Club. The club's main fund-raiser is the American Flag project in which individuals and businesses subscribe and a flag is put at the home or business on five holidays a year.  For more information about the flag project or to subscribe, contact: Teri Palomo at 936-634-3341 or visit the club's website at