Statewide initiative aims to collect old, unwanted car seats

April 27 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Published On: Apr 25 2013 11:21:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2013 12:10:47 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Using the same car seat over the years could be putting your child at risk.

That's why Gundersen Lutheran is taking part in a statewide initiative to collect recalled, unwanted or expired car seats this weekend.

Experts say after six years the seats are no longer safe to use. "The plastics of the materials will break down over time, the straps will lose their elasticity making them not as durable, there could be situations where the plastic becomes so brittle that the harness system can completely rip out from the car seat if a crash were to occur," said Gundersen Lutheran Trauma & Injury Prevention Coordinator Kim Lombard.

There are three drop off sites this Saturday: La Crosse Fire Station Number Three on Losey Blvd., The Onalaska Police Department, and the Brice Prairie First Responders Building.

Volunteers will collect the seats from 10:00 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. The seats will be broken down and recycled.