In observance of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Franciscan Health will host free car seat safety clinics at its hospitals in Hammond and Michigan City.
The clinic at Franciscan Health Hammond, 5454 Hohman Ave., will be 1:30-3:30PM, Sunday, September 15.  The clinic at Franciscan Health Michigan City, 3500 Franciscan Way, will be 11AM-2PM, Saturday, September 21.
ArcelorMittal will provide free car seats installed by a certified technician while supplies last. Some qualifications are required to receive the free car seat.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends that whether you’ve just installed a car seat or need help installing or using one, you get help at a car seat inspection station near you.
Children under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat and children age 1 to 3 should remain rear-facing until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the seat manufacturer. Children between 4 and 7 should be in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. Once the child outgrows the forward-facing seat, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat. Children 8 to 12 should remain in a booster seat until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly.