Safe Kids Wisconsin offers car seat inspections across state - certified technicians help parents correctly use and install car and booster seats

September 12, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Safe Kids Wisconsin urges parents and caregivers to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed. Safe Kids coalitions across the state will have certified child passenger safety technicians available to provide hands-on instruction on installing car and booster seats.

- Sept. 13 - Car Seat Check Madison
- Sept. 14 - Family Safety Day Middleton
- Sept. 16 - Car Seat Check Marshfield
- Sept. 18 - Car Seat Check Wausau
- Sept. 18 - Car Seat Check Middleton
- Sept. 21 - Car Seat Check Neenah
- Sept. 21 - Car Seat Check Plover
- Sept. 21 - Car Seat Check Waukesha
- Sept. 23 - Safety Wise Wausau
- Sept. 26 - Car Seat Check Madison

"Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent," said Libbe Slavin, Safe Kids Wisconsin. "We want all parents to make sure their car seats are used and installed correctly and that the whole family is buckled up every time on every ride. And we're here to help."

Car seat inspections offer drivers the chance to receive assistance and guidance from certified car seat technicians regarding proper installation of their child safety and booster seats.

The clinics are part of a nationwide effort to educate parents and caregivers during Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 14-21. Safe Kids and the General Motors Foundation are teaming up for Seat Check Saturday activities as part the Buckle Up program, a national initiative established 16 years ago by Safe Kids and the GM Foundation to keep children and families safe in and around cars. Safe Kids Buckle Up events continue throughout the year.

Parent can also check their own car and booster seats by using this car seat check list. Certified child passenger safety technicians are available to help or double-check your work. Parents and caregivers can locate an event in their community by visiting the Safe Kids website at safekidswi.org.

About Safe Kids Wisconsin
Safe Kids Wisconsin works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Wisconsin is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Wisconsin is led by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. For more information, visit safekids.org or safekidswi.org.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit gm.com/gmfoundation.