How to score a FREE car seat, along with life-saving information

Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for children.

According to Arizona’s 2012 annual child fatality report, 88 children died as the result of motor vehicle crashes in Arizona alone.  26 of these children were under age 10.  In many cases, these children died because they were improperly restrained in a vehicle, or not restrained at all.  Sadly, most of these deaths were determined to have been preventable.

car seatParents and caregivers can ensure their children are as safe as they can possibly be by buckling up themselves, and having the proper car seat for each child, based on their size and age.  But just having the seat isn’t enough.  Those seats need to be installed correctly.  And the child needs to be buckled up properly every single time, regardless of the length of the trip.

But not every car seat is compatible with every vehicle.  Bottom line: There’s a lot to know, and it’s easy for parents and caregivers to unintentionally install a seat incorrectly.  In fact, an estimated 85 percent of car seats are installed wrong.  Properly installed car seats reduce fatal injury by more than 70 percent for infants and by 54 percent for children through age 4.

Part of Tucson Medical Center’s mission is to provide education to families, along with the car seat. 

On Saturday, March 29, TMC and Tucson Police are hosting a car seat class at TPD’s Westside substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile.  Parents and caregivers will attend a 90 minute class, and leave with a FREE car seat appropriate for their child’s age and weight.  One seat per family please.

Four classes will be offered that morning: 8, 8:30, 9:30 and 10.  Please arrange for child care while you attend class.  Each class can accept 50 people max.  Sign up today by calling TMC’s Desert Kids Safety Program at (520) 324-5604, or you can sign up at Be Safe Saturday, held on the TMC campus in parking lot #11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22.  Look for Desert Kids Safety or Tucson Police Department in tent B!

Comments

  1. Was wondering how I can get a free booster seat I don’t who does that anymore fire department or tmc… if you give away free ones or know who does please let me know
    Thanks

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