Safe Kids USA Offers Car Seat Inspections for National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 12

September 10, 2009

Approximately 850 Child Passenger Safety Events Held during the Month

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Safe Kids coalitions around the country are holding approximately 850 vehicle safety events for families during the month of September, including more than 260 car seat checkup events on Sept. 12 for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Seat Check Saturday.

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Coalitions are conducting several different types of educational events to reach as many families as possible during the month of September in celebration of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from Sept. 12 to 18. Certified child passenger safety technicians will provide hands-on instruction in installing child safety seats at a wide variety of community locations such as General Motors dealerships, hospitals, malls, fire stations and police departments.

“It’s the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained in a vehicle-on every trip, every time,” said Mitch Stoller, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Safe Kids is offering approximately 850 community events during the month of September, and we urge every family to get their car seats inspected and learn more about keeping children safe in and around vehicles. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes.”

Stoller today joined Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood at a news conference to announce the National Seat Check Saturday events.

“Parents and caregivers need to learn how to properly install their child’s safety seat so kids are protected on the road,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “We are very fortunate to partner with a program like Safe Kids Buckle Up to educate thousands of families during our Seat Check Saturday activities. Organizations like this help make a real difference in child safety.”

Studies show correctly used child safety seats are extremely effective, reducing the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. But nearly 73 percent of child restraints are not installed or used correctly. Nearly half of children who die in crashes are completely unrestrained.

“I know America’s parents are busy, but a few minutes of your time on Saturday could save you a lifetime of regret,” Stoller said. “Don’t wait until it’s too late. Safe Kids coalitions around the country have certified child passenger safety technicians ready to teach parents the best way to secure their children.”

During CPS Week, Safe Kids will also be offering educational seminars, ask the expert sessions, Spot the Tot and Safest Generation activities that teach older children how to be safer in and around vehicles. Additionally, Safe Kids Buckle Up will be educating families about buckling up at General Motors Test Track at EPCOT Center in Orlando, Fla. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions from parents and caregivers throughout the week.

Safe Kids Buckle Up is the child passenger safety program of Safe Kids USA in partnership with General Motors. The program holds child safety seat checkups and other vehicle safety events throughout the year. Since 1997, Safe Kids Buckle Up has inspected more than 1.1 million car seats; held approximately 57,000 car seat checkup events around the country; donated more than 400,000 car seats to families in need and educated more than 20 million parents and caregivers.

To locate a Safe Kids Buckle Up car seat checkup event on Seat Check Saturday or throughout the year, go to www.usa.safekids.org and click on “find coalitions and events near you.”

SOURCE Safe Kids Worldwide

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