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NIU PD helps buckle up the littlest passengers

March 23, 2019

Buying a car seat can be costly, but the safety of little ones in the car is priceless.

Overall safety is the Northern Illinois University Police Department and Public Safety’s top priority and that’s especially true of the community’s littlest passengers. Through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the police department has purchased a number of convertible car seats that are available at no charge to the public.

“Child safety seats add a layer of protection while you drive,” Chief Tom Phillips said in a news release. “It’s not only important that children always ride in a child seat, but it’s critical that the seat is properly installed to ensure they get the full protection.”

The car seats – which can be used as both rear-facing and forward facing – accommodate children up to 65 pounds. They are available for pick up at the station and will be installed while you wait.

“We have several employees who are certified child safety seat installers and they will take the time to install your seat correctly,” Phillips said in the release. “You can rest assured that your child will have the best possible protection the safety seat can offer.”

To receive a free car seat and arrange your appointment for pick up and installation of the seat, complete the Child Safety Seat Request Form. Recipients should bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and their photo ID at time of pick up and allow about 30 minutes for the delivery and installation process which will include instruction and tips to optimize safety. Seats will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to one car seat a household.

For information, visit www.niu.edu/publicsafety.