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SOURCE AAA Chicago
AAA, IDOT, IL Secretary of State Jesse White and IL Head Start to offer 88 statewide seat check events to combat these issues
AURORA, Ill., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty years after the enactment of Illinois' first child safety seat law, marked progress with caregivers striving to learn proper car seat installation, improvements in car seat technology and the dedicated work of safety advocates are saving thousands of children's lives. Still today, installing a car seat correctly remains a difficult task for parents and caregivers and consequently, 3 out of 4 car seats are improperly used or installed. AAA has identified 12 mistakes that are most frequently made when installing and using car seats, which range from children moving out of car seats too soon to loose items being kept in the car, which may be dangerous to passengers in a crash.
To help parents better understand and combat these mistakes, AAA, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Illinois Head Start have joined forces for Seat Check Saturday (Saturday, September 21), part of National Child Passenger Safety Week to offer 88 free seat check events across Illinois. Parents and caregivers will be able to get advice and hands-on safety seat inspections. A list of dates and locations can be found at buckleupillinois.org.
"Illinois has made great strides in keeping its children safe on the roadways," said Brad Roeber, regional president of AAA Chicago. "But, there are still some parents who need assistance to ensure Illinois children are safely buckled up. We encourage these and all parents to take advantage of Seat Check Saturday as AAA wants the roads to be safe for even the youngest travelers."
On Seat Check Saturday, car seat technicians will be helping parents understand and correct these top 12 mistakes most frequently made when installing and using car seats:
"Every child in Illinois depends on their parents for their safety," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. "IDOT works diligently each day to further improve our effective child passenger program by providing parents and caregivers with the most current information on car seat safety. Our most important job is to help ensure our loved ones travel safely on state roadways."
AAA Chicago is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories, including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada. Its mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
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