The Network of Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals is partnering with Child Crisis Arizona, Safe Kids Maricopa County and numerous local organizations to collect old, expired and damaged car seats.
Volunteers will take apart seats children have outgrown or ones that have been damaged for proper recycling.
Safety experts said over time the components of car seats break down, especially in the hot Arizona sun.
They also warn older car seats or those that have been involved in a crash should not be used, even if there is no visible damage.
This annual event helps those with older, expired, or damaged car seats get rid of them by keeping them out of vehicles and landfills.
Anyone can drop off car seats that need to be recycled at one of the participating Network of NARPRO shops through Wednesday, April 15. To find a participating NARPRO location, log on to NARPRO.com/find-a-shop.
On Saturday, April 18, volunteers and NARPRO shop owners will be dismantling the old car seats. They will recycle the plastic, metal and fabric components separately.
For example, elements of the fabric, padding, and straps can be used in animal shelters. Quilted fabric becomes bedding or chew toys for the animals. Long straps make free leashes.
Clean Polystyrene foam (rigid foam) from seats can be recycled into an Earth Friendly Block.
This yearly recycling project will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at S & S Tire and Auto,13323 W. Bell Road. Volunteers are welcomed.
NARPRO helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. It only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests.
Safe Kids Maricopa County is led by Child Crisis Arizona, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe.
Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.