Surviving a Car Crash

Every day in the United States 4 children die and 500 are injured in car crashes - all because they aren't buckled-up.   It's a bone-chilling statistic safety advocates hope will save lives.

On Saturday, April 25th you can insure your child is riding right.  Safety BeltSafe U.S.A. - a national non-profit group based in Altadena - will send volunteers to the Petersen Automotive Museum to inspect car and booster seats.    They will insure they are installed securely.  Nine out of 10 child safety seats are not used properly.  They will also make sure they are in perfect shape and not on a recall list. 
 
When a car or safety seat is used the death rate during an accident drops 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
The on-site inspections will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum parking lot located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. 
 
You can make a "check up" reservation by calling the Safe Ride Helpline at 310-222-6860.  And, check out the Safety BeltSafe U.S.A. website.   You will find some helpful information about car and child safety.  The car seat check up is sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety and supported by the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County.
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