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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Area II officials are kicking off a major child safety seat campaign this week by offering free inspections to local residents, officials said.

Trained firefighters will do the inspecting and require the child using the seat to be present. The inspections are offered at the Yongsan Garrison fire station from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The Child Passenger Safety Inspection Program is part of a larger emphasis on the proper use and maintenance of safety seats.

While the inspections are not required, the proper installation and use of child restraints are required both on- and off-post in South Korea, officials said.

“The program was developed to identify child restraining devices currently being used, to determine if they are defective or on a manufacturer’s recall list,” Yongsan deputy fire chief John Derengowski said in an Army news release.

“The intent of this program is to maximize traffic safety while minimizing the traffic danger for all child passengers within Area II.”

All child-restraining devices sold at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores meet federal requirements, officials said. But many used seats sold on and off base do not, officials said.

Officials will issue an “approval label” for each seat inspected and approved. Military police can issue tickets if safety seats aren’t properly installed or used.

Appointments are not required, but they can be made by calling 738-5200.


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