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My friend's four year old son put a penny in his car seat buckle... yes, it got stuck. As parents, there are some things you just can't make up! This past week happened to be National Child Passenger Safety Week and this particular incident provided pause for my friend to ponder if the car seat was still appropriate for her growing son. 


We may know as parents that the best way to protect our children is to put them in the right car seat and use it the right way. It seems like having a car seat for your newborn is a requirement for discharge at hospitals. But when you stand in the middle of a baby store aisle with shelves of car seats boxes stretched out to infinity with each new box claiming it is the best choice, how do you choose? How do you know which type and model is the right one for your child at their different stages of growth?


While we may not always be able to prevent our children from lodging objects into their car seat harnesses, there are resources to help us ensure we have done our best as parents to keep our children safe on the road.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has pulled together some great info for parents at their Parents Central website featuring resources on how to keep kids safe in cars "from car seat to car keys," including a Top 5 Safety Check List, instructional videos, and a guide to choosing and using a child car seat. 


Download the Top 5 Safety Checklist Flyer (PDF) also has a nifty safety check directory tool to help you find the nearest car seat inspection stations in your area. In Montgomery County, you may make appointments at the following locations. 


Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Stations in Montgomery County:


MCFRS Community Service Building 
14111 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring Maryland 20906 

240-777-2223 By Appointment Only
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8 AM to noon and every first Saturday of the month 9-1 PM


Criswell Chevrolet 
503 Quince Orchard Road
Gaithersburg Maryland 20878 

240-777-2223 By Appointment Only
Every Thursday Evening from 7 PM until 9 PM, and every third Saturday of the month from 1-4 PM except for major holidays. 


Great Beginnings Store
18501 North Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg Maryland 20879 

240-777-2223 By Appointment Only
Every Wednesday morning from 8 AM until noon and every second Saturday of the month from 8 AM until noon except for major holidays 



Best wishes to your family for safe travels on the road. May you never find a penny stuck in your child's car seat. My friend did get the penny out--after some effort, it came out with the help of a coffee stirrer! 


Cristina Benitez

Coordinator, Family Support Network

Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program




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