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Buckle Up For Life car seat checks promote safety

Saturday, September 6, 2014

CINCINNATI — Experts with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center were on hand to perform free car seat checks Saturday for parents at the Mason campus to make sure children are buckled correctly.

“Research shows three out of every four car seats are installed incorrectly,” said Gloria Del Castillo, the Program Manager for Buckle Up For Life. “So we are trying to educate people and provide the resources they need so that every child is riding properly in their seat.”

Buckle Up For Life is a national child passenger safety education program created by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Toyota in 2004. It’s estimated motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children nationwide.

“We see too many kids coming into our emergency room at Children’s that have been injured after not being restrained properly,” said Dr. Richard Falcone, Director of Trauma Services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “We know had they been restrained properly-they either wouldn’t see us at all or would have seen us for a minor injury as opposed to the significant injuries we see.”

The proper installation of a car seat can be very challenging for parents since it can depend on the child’s weight and height.

“The most common mistake is a car seat not installed snug enough,” Del Castillo said. “A car seat can not move more than an inch from side to side when you install it. Another very common misuse is when parents take their child out of their car seat too soon and they do not put them in a booster seat. A seat belt will not fit a child until the child is four foot, nine inches of height.”

Click here to watch animated videos about proper car seat installation on Buckle Up For Life’s website and also to learn about locations where experts are available to do free car seat checks.

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