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Program Helps Make Car Seats Accessible to All Midlands Families
Buckle Buddies South Carolina, a program of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Midlands, is now offering new and safe car seats to help increase the safe travel of child passengers. The car seats can be purchased at cost at the Birthplace on the 4th floor at Palmetto Health Richland.
The program offers five types of car safety seats: infant car bed, infant carrier seat, convertible seat, forward facing seat with high weight harness and backless booster seat. The seats are priced about 60 percent less than consumer pricing. For car seat, pricing and discount details, visit www.safekidsmidlands.org/purchase.pdf
“The program is open to everyone in the community,” says Emily Marr, Safe Kids Midlands coordinator. “Discounts are available for those who attend a Child Passenger Safety Classes and for those showing financial need.” Marr says that the goal of the program is to make new and safe car seats accessible to all families in the Midlands. “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for children over one year of age. When properly installed, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.”
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seat belt usage increases the chances for surviving a crash by nearly 45 percent. “Car seats are necessary to keep children safe while traveling on the road, however 95 percent of those on the road in South Carolina are not installed or used correctly,” says Marr. “This decreases their effectiveness in the event of an incident. Our goal is to help families get the right seat for their child and to ensure that the seat is installed and used correctly.”
Buckle Buddies offers other assistance in child passenger safety, including free monthly child passenger safety classes and car seat check-ups. Nationally certified technicians are available on-site to assist parents or caregivers with car seat installation and usage, answering any questions they may have. All of these events are free and are designed to decrease accidental injury or death in children.
To find an event near you, visit the Safe Kids Midlands Calendar of Events at www.safekidsmidlands.org. For additional information, contact Emily Marr at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 434-2955 or visit www.safekidsmidlands.org.
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