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Class will focus on car seat safety

Odds are, you know someone who is putting their child into an incorrectly installed car seat.

Statistics have shown that nearly 80 percent of the seats aren't properly installed.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin will offer infant-passenger safety classes that focus on car seat safety for children through the first year of life. The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in Classroom 3 at the medical center.

"We now have a certified child-passenger safety technician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin," said Nancy Hoversten, Women’s Special Care Unit nurse manager. "We're excited to be able to offer the infant-passenger safety classes here at the medical center to help parents and anyone who transports infants to learn more about how to select a car seat and how to properly secure them once you purchase them."

The course uses lecture, video, written materials, sample seat belt systems and car seat demonstrations, including a hands-on small group activity.


"This class really is great for anyone who transports infants on a regular basis, including day care providers," Hoversten said. "Many people make common mistakes when purchasing and securing car seats, and this class really will help you avoid making those common mistakes."

The class is free, but class size is limited; registration is recommended.

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