January 18, 2011
More than 80 percent of child safety seats in America are installed improperly according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of death of children under the age of 14. Child safety seats significantly can decrease this statistic when installed properly.
One of the most important jobs as a parent or caregiver is keeping your child(ren) safe when riding in a vehicle.
Alex Schoenfeld is all set in his newly adjusted car seat.
John C. Lincoln now offers complimentary child safety seat inspections and installations at the Deer Valley and North Mountain hospital campuses.
Each inspection and installation takes place with one of our certified child safety seat technicians on our medical staff. A certified child safety seat technician 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 car seat check takes approximately 20 minutes and includes:
- Assisting with the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.
- Inspecting or installing the child safety seat.
- Ensuring the individual safety seat is not on the current recall list.
- Answering questions.
If a child safety 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.
"My son put the car seat in my car for my grandson and I wanted to make sure it was in correctly," said Gina Schoenfeld, Sun City West resident who had had car seat inspected. "You can't put a price tag on my grandson's life. I think this is wonderful."
To schedule an appointment with a child safety seat technician at Deer Valley or North Mountain Hospital, please call our Pediatric Department at 623-879-5483. Please bring the owner's manuals for the child safety seat and your vehicle to your appointment.
Since the establishment of child safety seat inspections, more than 9,000 children's lives have been saved.
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