A welcoming ceremony for the Professional Bull Rider’s Velocity Tour was held outside Westbanco Arena Friday afternoon.
The ceremony was hosted by the Neighborhood Ford Store to lend a “Friendly City” welcome to the pro-riders. However, it was also an opportunity to address the importance of car seat safety.
Members of the West Virginia Northern Highway Safety Program discussed many of the basic safety procedures including how to properly install a seat and select an appropriate seat based on a child’s height and weight.
There was one item discussed that may surprise many people.
According to Melissa Taylor, Highway Safety Coordinator, the act of handing down a decades old car seat from kid to kid may be putting kids in danger.
“Every car seat has an expiration date on it. There’s a sticker and it’ll say manufactured. If there’s not an expiration date and it says manufactured date on there, it is good for six years and that is it. After that it is no longer good,” said Taylor.
Taylor said it’s just like leaving an old piece of clothing in the car, it fades. The plastic on the car seat will eventually wear down, rendering the safety equipment useless.