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Saugus to provide child safety seats for families that can’t afford them

SAUGUS — Families without the means to purchase a car seat will be provided one by the town.

Funding for the car seats was provided by a $2,600 Child Passenger Safety Equipment Grant through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research.

The money will be enough to provide car seats or booster seats for 18 vehicles.

“This grant helps us better serve families who find it difficult to afford car and booster seats to protect their children,” said Chief Domenic DiMella in a statement. “We can also assist parents and caregivers with the proper installation of their child’s seats.”

Nationwide, traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for children of all ages. Properly installed car and booster seats have been proven to reduce the risk of death and injury in crashes, yet the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 75 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly.

The Saugus Police Department is one of more than 225 car seat inspection sites in Massachusetts. Certified technicians are available to ensure children’s seats are installed correctly.

To schedule an appointment for inspection to ensure seats are installed properly, contact Detective Stacey Forni at 781-941-1190.

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