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Car Seat Giveaway Courtesy of Toyota and Buckle Up for Life

Monday, February 11, 2013

It’s amazing to me when I still see kids riding in a car unrestrained.  Almost 50 percent of children fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes were unrestrained.  In fact, vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 12 years old. But many of these deaths can be prevented with the proper use of car seats and seat belts.  Every car seat is different and it’s confusing for any parent to understand how to install it properly.  Did you know that three out of every four child safety seats in the U.S. are not used or installed correctly?

To encourage greater safety for child passengers, Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital partnered up to launch a new online safety campaign on as part of an ongoing Buckle Up for Life program.  The initiative serves to educate parents on proper vehicle safety and injury prevention.  Part of this campaign is a tutorial video on the proper way to install a car seat.  It’s one thing to read about how to install a car seat, but watching a video makes it much easier!

Buckle Up for Life is a national, community-based injury prevention initiative developed jointly by vehicle safety experts at Toyota and trauma specialists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Working with local hospitals and churches, Buckle Up for Life addresses the economic, cultural and, where appropriate, language barriers to motor vehicle safety.

Buckle Up for Life, which began in 2004 in Cincinnati, was recently expanded to include local programs in locations across the U.S., including Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Philadelphia and San Antonio.  Additional information is available at


As part of their commitment to this online campaign, Toyota will donate 10,000 child safety seats to families in need.

Additionally, Toyota has provided Safety Mom with two Evenflo Titan  65car seats to give away to two our FaceBook fans.  So be sure to Like our page and share with a friend., for their chance to win.  Apologies to our Canadian fans, but car seat an only be shipped within the United States.  Entry deadline 02/23/13 5:00 EST.

And, be sure to show your support by downloading  the Buckle Up for LifeBadge at Like us on Facebook at

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