Dozens Get Tips On Properly Installing Child Safety Seats And Boosters In Gaithersburg, Md. | Families
Mitsubishi Motors and Kids Safety First conducted safety seat checks over the weekend at King Mitsubishi in Gaithersburg, MD. Families received hands-on instruction by certified child passenger safety technicians from Safe Kids Montgomery County on how to properly select, install and use their child restraint systems.
The Safe Kids Montgomery County received a $2,000 grant from Mitsubishi Motors and Kids Safety First to support the safety checks and a $1,000 donation of safety seats from Dorel Juvenile Group.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old. National data show that 73 percent of child restraints are critically misused, and last year’s Kids Safety First events saw an 84 percent misuse rate. YOUR families may be at risk!
“We are proud to be part of this nationwide effort to help families learn to use child safety seats and boosters correctly,” said Travis Freeman with King Mitsubishi. “We know it saves lives.”
When used properly, child restraints reduce the likelihood of an infant under the age of 1 being killed in a vehicle crash by 71 percent and by 54 percent for toddlers 1 to 4 years of age. Booster seats reduce injuries by 45 percent over seat belts alone for children ages 4 to 8. While many states have enhanced their requirements for child restraint use, recent studies show that only half of children ages 4 through 8 ride in any type of child restraints.
“Your children rely on you to help keep them safe,” said Jorgen Weterrings, co-founder of Kids Safety First, a CA-based 501(c)(3) organization. “We created the program because of our own experiences that child safety seats and booster seats were difficult to select and even more difficult to install correctly. Providing child safety seat inspections is a critical resource for parents and caregivers.”
Safe Kids Montgomery County conducted inspections and corrected improper installation of car seats. Certified technicians have been through extensive training with a national standardized course, and have field experience.
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Post By: Cathy Gillen, Traffic Safety Consultant