Hospital offers car seat safety checks after deadly crash

Joyce Lupiani

Hospital offers car seat safety checks after deadly crash

CREATED Jan. 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Children's Hospital of Nevada at the University Medical Center offered free instruction on how to properly install car seats and car seat safety inspections Friday.

Three-year-old Emily Kay died on Monday after the vehicle her dad was driving collided with another car at Pebble and Eastern.

Police said Emily Kay was not in the proper type of car seat at the time of the accident. The little girl was in a booster seat instead of a car seat with a five-point harness.

It can be difficult to get a car seat locked down just right, to determine which car seat is the proper size for a child, and to put the car seat and child in the best possible position.

Doctors at UMC say that they see children at the hospital almost daily who are injured in crashes because they were not properly restrained at the time.

According to doctors, the leading cause of death in children ages birth to 12 years old is not being in the proper car seat or properly restrained in a car at the time of an accident.

A press conference was also held today to announce this year's $139,000 donation from Kohl's Cares, specifically for injury prevention community outreach events such as the car seat safety program.

UMC has a Family Resource Center that offers free car seat inspections at any time. All you have to do is make an appointment by calling 702-383-BABY.