The Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans has purchased 400 child safety seats that will be provided for free throughout Louisiana as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which ends Saturday.

Free safety seat checks are also 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.

In 2010, 720 people were killed and about 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:

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

• Lafayette — Academy Sports and Outdoors, 3001 Louisiana Ave., noon to 4 p.m.

• Robert — Regina Coeli Child Development Center, 22476 La. 190, 9 a.m. to noon.