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National Child Passenger Safety Week is Underway

Posted by: Mark Bilek

This week, communities across the nation will participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week by hosting local events with certified child passenger safety technicians designed to provide free safety education for parents. The events will focus primarily on proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat buckles for child passengers.

Awareness and education are critical to keeping children safe. Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children ages one to 13 years old. Often times, death and injury can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.


Automotive manufacturers also step up to support National Child Passenger Safety Week. For instance, Toyota partners with 10 hospitals across the country to promote its Buckle Up For Life program. Specifically in Chicago, Toyota works with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital to offer programs to parents, caregivers and children where trained specialists deliver critical, interactive safety information in ways that resonate with each individual. Program participants are eligible to receive free car seats and are matched with certified child passenger safety technicians to help install these seats.

The week concludes with National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 20, a day where parents and caregivers can drop in to participating locations to ensure proper installation of their car or booster seats.


There are numerous safety and seat check events spanning across Chicagoland communities this week. Here are a couple of resources to find local events and more information:

Have some safety tips to share? Tweet us @ChiAutoShow or comment below with hashtag #SeatCheckSaturday.

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