May 27, 2011
Danielle Manrique, child life specialist and car seat technician, installing new seats for grandma Cathy Elliott, a receipient of two new seats for her grandsons.
Thirty-nine kids are riding more safely across Arizona roads thanks to John C. Lincoln.
"I didn't know car seats expired," said Cathy Elliott, grandma of two, who received two new car seats.
"I learned a lot and am grateful to have more peace of mind when I have my grandsons aboard."
On May 21, John C. Lincoln partnered with Vineyard Church and Glendale Fire Department to host a community car seat event. Of the 39 car seats that were inspected, 87 percent of them needed to be adjusted in some way.
- 15 chest clips were not at the armpit level, recommended by the Nation Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- 8 seat belts were not correctly anchoring the child safety seats to the car seats.
- 5 tethers of the LATCH system were installed incorrectly.
- 6 lower anchors of the LATCH system were installed incorrectly.
Elizabeth safely secure in her new car seat.
"I think a lot of other parents would benefit from what I learned today," said Paula, mother of 15-month-old Elizabeth. "Now I know to keep my daughter rear-facing until she reaches the weight limit, not just a certain age."
Thanks to funding from USAA, 17 new car seats were distributed to families and another 39 seats were donated to Glendale Fire Department. The event was completed with free hotdogs, a tour of the Glendale Fire truck and a visit from Mendy, RN, and spokesdog of Mendy's Place.
"It was our pleasure to offer this service today," said Lori Moxon, RN, BSN, injury prevention and outreach coordinator of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. "None of us in the trauma department want to see injured children."
For more information about John C. Lincoln's car seat program or safety tips visit JCL.com/childsafety. Special thanks to Vineyard Church, Glendale Fire, Wittmann Fire and the many car seat techs that volunteered their time to ensure a successful event.
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