Child safety seat check held in Onalaska

Published On: May 09 2013 02:58:24 PM CDT   Updated On: May 09 2013 07:02:08 PM CDT
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Dozens of people stopped by the Onalaska Police Department on Thursday morning to make sure their child’s safety seat is properly installed.

Participants of a four-day long Child Passenger Safety Technician Training Class helped parents and child care providers.

'We really want the parents to be the experts in installing their car seats in their vehicles," said Paula Silha, Child Passenger Safety Instructor with the La Crosse County Health Department.

Silha says about 80 to 90 percent of child safety seats are used incorrectly.

"We're looking for how snug the seats are in the vehicle," Silha said. "The ideal snugness is the car seat should have less than an inch side-to-side or away from the seat. We’re looking for how the harness fits the child. Is it the appropriate harness height?"

The next child safety seat check in La Crosse County is June 6 at Brenegan Chevrolet in West Salem.

For more information on child safety seats, you can go to the Wisconsin Information Network for Safety’s website,