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Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants younger than 1 year of age and by 54% for toddlers ages 1-4. Children ages 2-6 years old in child safety seats (including child restraints and belt positioning booster seats) are approximately 28% less likely to receive a fatal injury than those using safety belts alone. In a study observing the misuse of 3,442 child restraint systems in six states, approximately 73% of seats showed at least one critical misuse.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be present at Sioux City Ford at 3601 Singing Hills Boulevard in Sioux City to ensure that families are using the right restraint whether it is a car seat, booster seat or seat belt.

“All it takes is following a few basic guidelines so parents and caregivers can determine which restraint system is best suited to protect their children in a vehicle.” said Amy Scarmon, Safe Kids Woodbury County.

Unfortunately, car crashes remain the leading cause of death for children ages 3-14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In efforts to reduce this, Safe Kids USA's multifaceted child passenger safety program – Safe Kids Buckle Up (SKBU) – has been working diligently for the last 14 years. By inspecting 1.4 million car seats; holding 65,000 car seat checkup events; and donating close to 500,000 car seats to families in need, Safe Kids Buckle Up has reached more than 21 million people through events and community outreach efforts.

Among children under age 5 in passenger vehicles, an estimated 309 lives were saved in 2009 by restraint use. Of those 309 lives saved, 284 were associated with the use of child safety seats and 26 with the use of adult seat belts. At 100% child safety seat use for children under age 5, an estimated 372 lives (that is an additional 63) could have been saved in 2009.

"As a nation, we must improve child safety in vehicles and one way to do so is by adopting use of the top tethers. These are on virtually all forward-facing car seats and can be attached to anchors in every car made after 1999,” said Torine Creppy, Executive Director of Safe Kids Buckle Up. “Safe Kids is moving quickly to apply the lessons learned from the study”

On Saturday, February 11th, from 10 am to 1 pm, be sure to come out to Sioux City Ford at 3601 Singing Hills Boulevard for a safety seat checkup. It is a great time for you and your family to make sure that your child safety seat is installed correctly and to learn when it is time to move from one seat to another based on your child’s age, weight and height.

"When in doubt about proper car seat use, parents should take advantage of the many resources that are available through Safe Kids USA and others." said Vivian Pickard, President of the General Motors Foundation, the sponsor of Safe Kids Buckle Up (SKBU).

About Safe Kids Woodbury County
Safe Kids Woodbury County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Its members are comprised of several community agencies. Safe Kids Woodbury County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids is proudly led by Mercy Medical Center.