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Car seat clinic occurs Saturday in Artesia

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A car safety-seat clinic will occur in Artesia this Saturday.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), Safer New Mexico Now (Safer) and the Frank W. Yates Jr. Family Foundation will host the car seat clinic from 10 a.m. to noon at Bulldog Stadium, 1600 W. Grand Ave.

During the event, parents and caregivers will receive personalized hands-on instruction from nationally certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation and use of car seats and booster seats. Technicians can also determine if a seat is recalled, expired or otherwise unsafe.

This inaugural clinic will be held in memory of Cy Palmer, a 7-year-old who tragically lost his life as the result of a motor vehicle crash on Nov. 15, 2017. Although Palmer was wearing his seat belt, he was not using a booster seat.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports using car seats decreases the risk of death by an estimated 71% for infants and 54% for older children.

Donations in memory of Cy Palmer will be accepted during this event. Donations also can be made online at safernm.org.

Car seat clinics are a public service funded by the Department of Transportation and are open to everyone. Each seat check takes approximately 30 minutes. Parents will need to bring their child safety seat and, if possible, the child. There is no charge for the inspection service; however, a seat replacement fee of $25 may apply. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-231-6145.