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Child Seat Safety Education Begins and Ends With Safe Kids

Published Jul 11th 2008, 3:00pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Carseat_kid 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.

The 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.

Safekids20thannivlogo 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:

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!

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