The Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans has purchased 400 child safety seats which have been allocated throughout Louisiana as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week which ends Saturday.

Free safety seat checks are being held Saturday.

The free safety-seat inspections are an opportunity for parents with a child younger than 13 to learn how to use rear-facing and front-facing child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts.

The rear-facing child safety seat offers more protection and support to the infant’s or toddler’s head, neck and spine, distributing the collision’s force over the whole body. The maximum limits of the rear-facing safety seat should determine when to switch to a forward-facing safety seat, not the child’s age.

Child passenger misuse rates in Louisiana are above 90 percent.

In 2010, 720 people were killed and approximately 70,000 people were injured in Louisiana due to motor vehicle crashes.

Children’s safety seats and booster seats are extremely effective when used correctly. Correct usage decreases the number of injuries and the severity of the injuries, lessening the chance of fatal injuries.

Parents can get free safety seat checks at the following locations and times:

• Lafayette - Academy Sports and Outdoors, 3001 Louisiana Ave., from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Baton Rouge - ARC Early Head Start, 3940 Prescott Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Robert - Regina Coeli Child Development Center, 22476 La. 190, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.