IFD offers car seat training in light of fatal accident

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Fire Department officials are calling on parents to attend the department’s car seat safety classes after a 7-month-old boy was died this week, because he wasn’t properly strapped in his car seat.

Metro police said the boy died Wednesday morning, just hours after the Tuesday night crash near West 38th Street and southbound I-65. They said a black Dodge rear-ended a blue compact car. The boy was ejected from the car and landed in the street.

“It makes me wanna do more. It just hurts, you know?” said Trasey Graham, the car seat Coordinator for IFD.

Graham teaches parents how to properly use a car seat and she said it’s not as easy as it looks. She revealed the biggest mistake parents make is not putting the strap tight enough on the baby.

‘There’s so many different types of car seats on the market today,” said Graham.

She said many parents have questions, but they are too afraid to ask and their fear can prove deadly.

“They don’t want anybody to look at them as if they were naive or you know that they didn’t know. But it’s just important to ask questions and know so that we don’t ever have that happen again.”

IFD car seat safety sessions are by appointment only and anyone who would like to attend should call 317-327-7956. IFD has a limited number of car seats for parents who cannot afford one.

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