Dozens of Children Now along for a Safer Ride After National Seat Check Saturday
Every day, thousands of children are improperly restrained in their car seat or do not have the right car or booster seat for their height and weight.
To help combat preventable injuries due to improperly used car seats, certified child passenger safety technicians from the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and other agencies inspected 78 car seats in the Roger Williams Park Zoo parking lot on Sept. 19. They also educated parents and caregivers on how to properly install appropriate car and booster seats in their vehicles. The free outdoor family event, sponsored by the Kohl’s Cares® – Kids on the Go program , was part of National Seat Check Saturday.
More than three out of four child safety seats are used improperly, according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A properly installed child safety seat lowers the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger vehicles.
“Of the inspections we completed at the event, 31 car seats had been installed improperly or were being misused,” said Dina Morrissey, MD, research associate at the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We find that many parents are not aware of the laws or height and size recommendations for car and booster seats. These events allow us to share important knowledge to hopefully help make families a little safer on the road.”
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Kohl’s commitment to Hasbro Children’s Hospital through the Kohl’s Cares – Kids on the Go program, which raises funds for children’s health and educational opportunities. Since 2006, Kohl’s has raised more than $1 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
For more information on car and booster seat safety, or to locate an upcoming free car seat check event, please visit: www.keepkidsinjuryfree.org.