Albany police work to keep kids safe in cars

APD officers checked car seats on Wednesday outside Harvey's. / Mary Green

Albany police officers went out Wednesday to help keep the community's youngest members safe.

They checked car seats outside Harvey's on W. Gordon Ave. late Wednesday afternoon, inspecting that seats were installed correct and that they hadn't been recalled.

One mom even got a new car seat for free after officers discovered that her current seat was on a recall list.

APD reminded all parents and guardians that just because a seat seems like it's safe doesn't mean it always is, which is why a proper inspection is so helpful.

"We'll see that parents will probably double lock the car seat with two seat belts, thinking it will be more secure that way, but that's not the correct way," APD Cpl. Marita Williams said. "So what we're doing, we want to educate them on the correct way and on how to install the car seat."

If you missed Wednesday's checkpoint, you can still have officers inspect your car seat by stopping by the Community Relations Unit at 530 W. Broad Ave.

Officers also handed out air fresheners with a reminder message to always be sure kids are taken out of the car.

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