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John C. Lincoln Hospitals Go Wild about Car Seat Safety

John C. Lincoln Hospitals will team up with the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium in Litchfield Park to save young lives by hosting a community car seat inspection event from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 17.

"More than 80 percent of car seats in America are installed improperly," said Lori Moxon, RN, BSN, John C. Lincoln Trauma Services injury prevention coordinator.

"Motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of children under the age of 14," she added. "Car seat safety is an easy educational tool for the community to decrease the number of children killed in motor vehicle crashes."

Parents, caregivers and their children are invited to attend the event in the parking lot of Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park (eight miles west of Loop 101 at the Northern Avenue exit). The event is at the east entrance — at the southwest corner of Northern Avenue and Sarival Road.

John C. Lincoln has invested in certifying medical staff on both hospital campuses as car seat technicians, and they will be on site the day of the event. A certified car seat technician is one who has completed a series of in-depth classes and several hours of practice training through the National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training Program. The program has certified tens of thousands of individuals since the program began in 1997. Each inspection takes approximately 20 minutes and includes:

  • Assisting with the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.
  • Explaining the most acceptable way to transport a child safely.
  • Inspecting the child safety seat.
  • Answering questions.

"Car seat inspections are ideal for parents and caregivers who want the best for their children, especially when it comes to riding as safely as possible in their vehicle," said Moxon. "Since the establishment of car seat inspections, more than 9,000 children's lives have been saved."

In addition to the inspections, John C. Lincoln staff members also will have a recall list of car seats on hand to ensure the car seat an individual is using is not on the recall list. If a car seat is on the recall list, John C. Lincoln will provide a replacement seat at no charge. If replacements seats are no longer available, a list of community resources that offer child safety seats will be given.

Other activities at the event include:

  • Mendy, RN, the spokesdog and mascot at Mendy's Place, John C. Lincoln's 24/7 Pediatric Emergency Center at its Deer Valley Hospital, will be present for photo opportunities, to sign autographs and give away child-friendly items.
  • Safe Kids USA van will provide car seat safety information.
  • A raffle for a chance to win a free car seat.
  • $4 discount off admission that day to the zoo for as many as two people for each individual who gets a car seat inspected.

The public is encouraged to arrive early and to bring their owner's manuals for both their vehicle and child safety seat to the event. Those who are unable to attend the event can visit JCL.com/mendysplace for more information on car seat safety or to schedule an individual car seat inspection by one of John C. Lincoln's staff technicians. Other car seat safety events are listed online at safekids.org.

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