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Safe Kids USA Endorses American Academy of Pediatrics Child Passenger Safety Recommendations and Car Seat Safety Inspections.

March 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Safe Kids USA wholeheartedly endorses the newest child passenger safety recommendations developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Congratulations go out to Dr. Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE for the comprehensive look at these timely child passenger safety issues.

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Safe Kids Are No Accident, childhood injuries remain the leading cause of death for Arizona’s children.

Southwest Collision is joining forces with state-wide programs dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injury for Arizona’s children under 15 years of age.

Why are these programs needed? Childhood injuries (motor vehicle crashes are the most common) remain the leading cause of death for Arizona children. Our goal at Southwest Collision is to become a local inspection station for the proper installation and use of child passenger safety seats. The fact that we are a collision and auto body repair center allows us a first-hand look when vehicles come in after an auto accident. Sometimes it’s not too pretty. Especially when we see a child safety seat in the vehicle. If we can affect the life of just one child by offering this community service, it will be well worth it.

4 Steps for Kids: Guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on their age and size:

  1. For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds.
  2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).
  3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9″ tall).
  4. When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9″ tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

If you would like to schedule a Child Safety Seat Inspection for your vehicle, call us today to set-up an appointment at 480-968-5915.

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