Baby’s First Ride

Parents are educated as to correct installation procedures. If defective seats are found (for example, over-used hand-me-down seats), parents are informed immediately. If parents cannot afford to purchase a new seat, one is provided at no cost. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all children. Independent studies indicate that as many as 70 to 90 percent of all safety seats are installed incorrectly. In 2008, 2900 seats were inspected. Slightly more than 90 percent were found to have problems of varying degrees that would negatively affect the performance of the seat in a crash. Approximately once a year the program manager hears from grateful parents who were involved in a serious automobile crash. The parents credit Baby’s First Ride with preventing their child’s injury in the crash.

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