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FREE Car Seat Safety Check Inspections to be Held in Winthrop

Posted on Thu, Aug 20, 2015

In cooperation with the Winthrop Police Department and with East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Elliot Whittier Insurance Services - Winthrop Office will sponsor a Free Infant and Child Car Seat Safety Check.

(UPDATE:  See pictures from this event below.  We are planning to do another event in the Spring of 2016.)

(UPDATE 2:  Car Seat Raffle Winner Announced)

We know that the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seatbelts save lives.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children.
  • Every 34 seconds one child under age 13 is involved in a crash.
  • In 2013, among children under the age of 5 in cars, an estimated 263 lives were saved by child restraints 
    • An additional 55 children could have survived if car seat use was at 100 percent.

The NHTSA also states that most parents are confident that they have correctly installed their child's car seat, but in most cases (59%) the seat has not been installed correctly. 

Children are our future.  Protecting them is the responsibility of all community members.

With that thought in mind, and with the cooperation with the Winthrop Police Department and with East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Elliot Whittier Insurance Services - Winthrop Office will sponsor a Free Infant and Child Car Seat Check on Saturday, September 12th, 2015.   Details are as follows, you may also download, print and share the flyer here.  

Infant and Child Car seat safety check to be performed in Winthrop MA at Elliot Whittier Insurance Agency

 

 

Officer Judy Racow and Officer Robert Carter from the Winthrop Police Department will be conducting the actual inspections in the parking lot of our Winthrop location.  Both officers have been recently certified by the National Child Passenger Safety Board, a program of Safe Kids Worldwide.    According to Racow, "The class deals with the basics of child car seat restraints and proper vehicle installation.  The course work included hands-on activities in the classroom and outside in vehicles."

We would like to thank Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty, and also Mike Nicastro from East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for their cooperation and guidance with this event. 

More Info: 

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Admininstration, Child Passenger Safety Week is (September 13-19, 2015).  

GOAL/POSITIONING

NHTSA’s goal for child passenger safety is to make sure all parents and caregivers are correctly using the right restraint (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster seat, or seat belt) for their children’s ages and sizes.

During Child Passenger Safety Week (September 13-19, 2015) many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children. Technicians can also help educate consumers about choosing the right car seat for their child, the importance of registering car seats with the manufacturer, and what to expect if the seat is subject to a safety recall. The week concludes with National Seat Check Saturday on September 19, when certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians across the country will be available at car seat events to offer advice and instruction to parents and caregivers.

KEY STATISTICS

Lives lost & injuries

  • Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children.
  • Every 34 seconds one child under age 13 is involved in a crash.
  • From 2009 to 2013, 3,335 children under age 13 were killed and an estimated 611,000 children were injured in car crashes.
  • In 2013 alone, 126,000 children under age 13 were injured as passengers in car crashes.
  • On average, nearly 2 children under age 13 were killed, and 345 children were injured every day in 2013 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans.
  • From 2009 to 2013, 1,552 tweens (ages 8 to 14) were killed in cars, vans, and SUVs.
  • In 2013, over one-third (38%) of children (under 13) killed in car crashes were completely unrestrained – they were not in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts.

 

Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts save lives

  • In 2013, among children under the age of 5 in cars, an estimated 263 lives were saved by child restraints.

o   An additional 55 children could have survived if car seat use was at 100 percent.

 

Car seats work best when used correctly

  • In passenger cars, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions are 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively.
  • Most parents are confident that they have correctly installed their child’s car seat, but in most cases (59%) the seat has not been installed correctly.

 

Child passenger safety laws

  • For the past 30 years, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories have had laws requiring children to be restrained while riding in cars.
  • Some States now require kids to ride in appropriate car seats or booster seats until age 9.

 

Remember

  • Failure to read and carefully follow the installation instructions included with a car seat as well as those in the vehicle owner's manual can lead to incorrect installation, exposing a child passenger to the risk of injury or death in a crash
  • All children under age 13 should always ride in the back seat.

 

 

For the purpose of this document, the following terms and definitions are used:

 

  • Children killed in car crashes are defined as passenger car, van, pickup and SUV passengers under 13 killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • Tweens killed in car crashes are defined as passenger car, van, pickup and SUV passengers ages 8 to 14 killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

With offices in Danvers & Winthrop Massachusetts, Elliot Whittier Insurance has been awarded The Five Star Award of Distinction from the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents.  Elliot Whittier Insurance is also a Trusted Choice® agency and represents multiple insurance companies, so it offers you a variety of personal and business coverage choices and can customize an insurance plan to meet your specialized needs.  You can visit Elliot Whittier online at www.ElliotWhittier.com, email info@elliotwhittier.com, or call 800-696-3947

Update:  Here are some photos from the event!

 

Elliot Whittier Staff volunteering at Car Seat Inspection event with Officer Judy Racow

 Judy Hanlon getting her car seat check with Winthrop Police officers Carter & Racow

Little Ellen getting her car seat adjusted by Officer Judy Racow

A happy participant in the Elliot Whittier Infant & Child Car Seat Check Event