AskPatty And Chevrolet Support Safe Kids Day to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Car

car seat safety check your car seatAccording to SafeKids.org, preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the U.S. and each year a million families around the world lose a child to these injuries. We all know kids are going to fall, crash, slip, and explore....it’s part of being a kid. As parents, we all try to do our best to protect our kids from serious injuries, whether they’re at home, at play, or on their way.

At AskPatty, our focus is on keeping our kids safe while we’re on our way, by making sure they’re safely buckled in, and that their child safety seats are properly installed. Properly using seat belts and child safety seats are the most important things we can do to keep our kids safe in the car. And no, the armrest is NOT a place to seat your child!

According to study data released in 2013, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death to children. In 2011, 679 children ages 12 and under died in motor vehicle crashes. A third of these children (221) were riding without a child safety seat or seat belt that could have saved their lives. In addition, older children are more often unrestrained in fatal car crashes compared to younger children.

 

WHAT IS SAFE KIDS DAY?

Safe Kids Day is an annual fundraising, awareness, and event initiative to keep kids safe from preventable injuries, the #1 killer of kids in the United States. All year long, but especially durinh the month of April, Safe Kids Worldwide works at the local and national levels to promote child injury prevention and motivate families in communities everywhere to help keep their kids safe.

 

Once again, Chevrolet is a sponsor, supporting Safe Kids Day with donations and raising awareness of this important cause. In 1997, General Motors Corporation and Safe Kids Worldwide created Safe Kids Buckle Up (SKBU), one of the largest, most comprehensive private sector child passenger safety program(s) in the country. As part of their ongoing efforts, SKBU offers parents and caregivers hands-on instruction about safety inside the car, including information on car seats, booster seats and safety belts, as well as around the car (Spot the Tot program). The program also presents interactive educational programs for children ages 14 and under. 

Since the program's inception, more than 22.5 million people have been exposed to Safe Kids Buckle Up events and community outreach efforts. Certified child passenger safety technicians working through Safe Kids coalitions have examined more than 1.4 million child safety seats at nearly 80,000 events and the program has donated more than 594,281 seats to families in need. With support from the GM Foundation, Safe Kids Buckle Up programs are conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide's 600 local coalitions and chapters. Over the course of the partnership Chevrolet has provide more than 137 Chevrolet Vans to the Safe Kids coalitions for their efforts.

 

WHEN IS SAFE KIDS DAY?

Depends on where you live: For 2014, Safe Kids Worldwide will hold National Safe Kids Day Events on Saturday, April 5 at The Lot in Los Angeles and on Saturday, April 12 at the Highline Stages in New York City, in addition to local events held in more than 100 communities across the country, so, keep an eye open for events in the weeks surrounding these dates.

 

If you only do one thing for Safe Kids Day to ensure your kids are safe in the car, why not have your child seat installation checked? Parents Central has joined with SaferCar.gov to create this Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator. Simply enter your zip code to find a child car seat inspection station nearest you. Once there, certified technicians will inspect your child car seat (in most cases, free of charge) and show you how to correctly install and use it.

 

Here are some great educational articles to help you keep your kids safe in the car while you’re on your way!

 

Cadillac’s Awesome Safety Secret: Rear-Seat Passenger Sensing System

If you’ve got kids, this secret safety feature is one every parent should know about: Officially called the “second-row passenger belt reminder light,” this feature found in the Cadillac SRX tells the driver which rear seat belts are occupied and safely belted when the vehicle is moving; this means you can tell if your wiggly kidlet has unbuckled his seat belt without taking your eyes off the road to look. Find out more about Cadillac’s Rear-Seat Passenger Sensing System here at AskPatty

 

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