FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Hyundai Motor America announced a partnership with Children's Hospital LA (CHLA) to host car seat safety inspections and child passenger safety educator workshops to help save lives while promoting safe travel in automobiles. NHTSA estimates that car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Correct installation and proper use of car seats is critical and can help prevent child tragedies, should a crash occur.
"Correct and consistent use of car seats is the best way to protect children in a vehicle crash and avoid serious and life-threatening injuries. Proper education of parents, caregivers and children is vital to protecting young occupants," said Brian Latouf, chief safety officer, Hyundai Motor North America. "Hyundai would like to do its part beyond offering the latest vehicle safety technologies by partnering with CHLA and hosting car seat safety inspections, teaching proper installation and use for young passengers."
Hyundai and CHLA are supporting National Child Passenger Safety WeekSeptember 19-25 and will be hosting two upcoming safety seat opportunities. The first will be in conjunction with Children's Hospital of Orange County on Wednesday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elks Club at 1751 S. Lyon St. in Santa Ana. The second event will be Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital at 17100 Euclid Street in Fountain Valley.
During the events, nationally certified child passenger safety technicians (CPST) will inspect car seats for expiration, manufacturer recalls, and/or proper fit of the seat for the child. Families will receive a free replacement car seat, if needed.
"While most parents try their best to install car seats correctly, we find that a majority of the car seats we inspect are improperly installed," said Dr. Helen Arbogast, manager, Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "For the safety of their children, it is critical for parents to attend car seat check events like this one to have nationally certified car seat technicians help install them correctly. We are grateful to Hyundai for their support of our child passenger safety efforts across Southern California."
The car seat check events are open to the public – walk-ups are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Families can register by calling 714.509.8887. The child who uses the seat must be present for the inspection and for the family to receive a free car seat if warranted.
Children's Hospital of LA Founded in 1901, Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the highest-ranked children's hospital in California and fifth in the nation on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of best children's hospitals. U.S. News ranks Children's Hospital Los Angeles in all 10 specialty categories. Clinical care at the hospital is led by physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC through an affiliation dating from 1932. The hospital also operates the largest pediatric residency training program at a freestanding children's hospital in the Western United States. The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles is home to all basic, translational, clinical and community research conducted at the hospital, allowing proven discoveries to quickly reach patients. Our mission: to create hope and build healthier futures. To learn more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter, and visit our blog at CHLA.org/blog.
Safety reminder – Please buckle-up! Seat belts save lives every day. Always wear seat belts and use appropriate restraints for all child passengers.
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