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Safe Kids USA Offers Car Seat Inspections for National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 20
Date:9/19/2008

Nearly 900 Child Passenger Safety Events Held during the Month

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Safe Kids coalitions around the country are holding nearly 900 vehicle safety events for families during the month of September, including more than 200 car seat checkup events on Sept. 20 for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Seat Check Saturday.

Coalitions are conducting several different types of educational events to reach as many families as possible during the month of September in celebration of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from Sept. 21 to 27. Certified child passenger safety technicians will provide hands-on instruction in installing child safety seats at a wide variety of community locations such as General Motors dealerships, hospitals, malls, fire stations and police departments.

"It's the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained in a vehicle-on every trip, every time," said Mitch Stoller, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "Safe Kids is offering nearly 900 community events during the month of September and we urge every family to get their car seats inspected and learn more about keeping children safe in and around vehicles. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes."

Stoller today joined Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and Acting NHTSA Administrator David Kelly at a news conference to announce the Seat Check Saturday events. NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Ports is also attending a local Safe Kids checkup event at the Harbor Hospital Life Resource Center in Baltimore.

"As any EMT, policeman or fire official will tell you, a properly installed child safety seat could mean the difference between life and death," Secretary Peters said. "I know America's parents are busy, but a few minutes of your time tomorrow could save you a lifetime of regret."

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