NORTH BETHESDA, Md., March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fitzgerald Auto Malls was recognized for its efforts of service to the community and support of trauma and injury prevention related activities. The Maryland Division of the American Trauma Society presented the Distinguished Service Award for 2016 to Jack Fitzgerald, founder and CEO of Fitzgerald Auto Malls.
Fitzgerald started the Fitzgerald Child Car Seat Inspection Program in 1999 after learning the dangers of improperly installed child safety seats. Since then, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, in partnership with national and local government agencies, has been committed to injury prevention and increasing the number of lives saved through properly installed child safety seats.
"As a local business owner, I am proud to have the opportunity to work with the great government and state organizations to promote public safety," said Jack Fitzgerald. "For 17 years now, Montgomery County Police and Fire & Rescue Services have been actively involved at our child safety seat events and I thank them for their support."
Fitzgerald Auto Malls conducts monthly free car seat checks and free individual checks by appointment at its dealerships, as well as an annual Spanish-speaking safety seat check. Over 150 staff members have taken a 3-day Child Passenger Safety certification course and a Child Passenger Safety Technician instructor is on staff as well. The misuse rate has been tracked to a low of 55%, while the national average is 78%. Fitzgerald has helped parents and caregivers install more than 47,000 child safety seats.
In addition to his commitment to child passenger safety, Fitzgerald has personally testified before the Maryland General Assembly in support of reforms to allow auto dealers to be able to disclose full vehicle safety and secret warranty information that are often the precursor to recalls. "When dealers are free to disclose full information and do repair work without fear of retribution by the carmakers, you'll see the responsible dealers compete to deliver good information and outstanding repair service to their customers," said Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald Auto Malls deservingly won the award for their service to our communities by protecting our children and keeping every customer well informed and educated when purchasing a vehicle. A wealth of consumer and environmental information can be found on at www.FitzMall.com.
SOURCE Fitzgerald Auto Malls