"Think of it as a private lesson in the correct use of your car
seat," says Laurie McPherson, local chapter coordinator.
The Logan County chapter of Safe Kids is one of more than 300
coalitions and chapters across the country providing these services
as part of the Safe Kids Buckle Up program. Since 1996, Safe Kids
Buckle Up has inspected more than 600,000 car seats at more than
15,000 events and provided hands-on training to more than 9 million
parents and caregivers.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children under
"Under Illinois law, all children under age 8 years must be
restrained in an appropriate car seat -- whether in the family car,
traveling with friends or relatives, or in a rental car or taxi,"
Properly used, a car seat reduces the risk of death by 71 percent
for rear-facing infants and 54 percent for forward-facing toddlers;
a booster seat reduces the risk of death by 59 percent for children
ages 4 to 8.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
approximately 73 percent of all child passenger restraints -- more
than 80 percent of car seats and about 40 percent of booster seats
-- are used incorrectly.
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"It's a parent's responsibility to make sure a child's car seat is
properly installed and adjusted. We're here to show you how," says
Graue Inc. is located at 1905 North Kickapoo St. The inspections
on Friday will be from noon to 4 p.m. on a drop-in basis. Just stop
by. An inspection is free and usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. Bring
your child and the owner's manuals for your vehicle and your car
The Safe Kids organization works to prevent accidental childhood
injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. The local
chapter is a member of Safe Kids
Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to
preventing accidental injury. The Logan County group was founded in
2004 and is led by Logan County Health Department.
Safe Kids Buckle Up is a national program developed by Safe Kids
Worldwide and sponsored by Chevrolet and General Motors to educate
parents and caregivers about the importance of properly restraining
children on every ride.
[Text from file received from
County Health Department]