Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of
unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under?
Did you also know that from 1998 to 2007, approximately 365
children--most of them aged three and younger--died from heat stroke
after being trapped in a car?
Both of these statistics are especially heartbreaking because, in most cases, a small amount of parental awareness and education can prevent these tragic injuries and deaths. In fact, when correctly used, child safety seats are extremely effective, reducing the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. It's as easy as correctly installing -- and ALWAYS buckling your child into -- the appropriate seat.
With summer around the corner, now is the time to educate families and children about safety in and around the car, so last month, Safe Kids Buckle Up, Safe Kids USA, and longtime sponsors General Motors and Chevrolet kicked off the summer with a safety program in the Los Angeles area intended to educate families about this important, important concern.
day's activity was to inspect child safety seats for hundreds of
families in the Los Angeles area, and a landmark of the event
included the milestone one-millionth seat the organization has checked
for proper installation. In addition to the car seat inspections,
interactive displays gave families important information on
preventing other dangers like leaving children in hot cars, back-over
accidents, and trunk entrapment.
While the program is sponsored by General Motors, please note that the Safe Kids Buckle Up program is open to owners of all makes of vehicles in an effort to protect children.
This event was part of an ongoing national program
developed by Safe Kids USA and sponsored by General Motors and
Chevrolet to educate parents and caregivers across the United States
about the importance of properly restraining children on every ride.
After this day's event, the program will have inspected one million car
seats; held approximately 45,000 car seat checkup events around the
country; donated approximately 365,000 car seats to families in need,
and educated more than 15 million parents and caregivers since 1997.
For more information and to find an event near you, please visit: www.usa.safekids.org.
You can also sign up for their monthly "Safety Works" e-Newsletter to receive child safety news and information on an ongoing basis. Don't let your beloved child become one of these tragic statistics!