Time to get rid of old, possibly dangerous safety seats

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 1:48 PM

NORFOLK - Maybe your child is old enough and big enough to not need a safety seat. Maybe your child needs a bigger one. There are lots of reasons you no longer need that child safety seat.

Don't donate it, dump it during the WVEC-TV Safety Seat Round-Up.

Each February, 13News teams up with Drive Safe Hampton Roads, Walmart, AAA Tidewater Virginia, Children's Hospital of the King’s Daughters and others to collect old, used, and potentially unsafe child safety seats.

Drop off the old seat you have and get a reward: a $5 Walmart gift card.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS:
Any AAA Tidewater Virginia branch
DMV Customer Service Centers in Hampton Roads
Any Hampton Roads Walmart location (not in Williamsburg and Gloucester)

At the end of February, the seats will be recycled by Synergy Recycling. That way, they don't end up in landfills.

Virginia law requires all children under the age of eight to be properly restrained in an approved Department of Transportation (DOT) child restraint. The law applies to any driver, not just the parent or guardian, in any vehicle, on any highway in Virginia. In addition, all children ages eight through seventeen years of age must be properly restrained in a safety belt, while seated in any seating position in a vehicle.

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