3 of 4 parents are making this mistake

Most child car safety seats are used incorrectly, with an average of 3 mistakes per seat. Get yours checked for free this weekend. Your child’s car seat is probably too loose. Maybe harness straps are through the wrong slots, or are not secured. Your infant seat may be at the wrong angle, or facing the… Learn More »

Saving lives and saving money: the real worth of injury and violence prevention

National Public Health Week – April 1-7, 2013 Every year, 180,000 people die from serious injuries and violence. Not only are these events tragic and primarily preventable, they cost more than $400 billion a year in medical bills, lost productivity and other costs. “Motor vehicle crashes, falls, homicides, and other types of injury events kill… Learn More »

Child Passenger Safety Week: free car seat check-ups

It’s a sad fact that more children ages 12 and under die from motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause. In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week, Oregon parents and caregivers can have child car seats checked by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The free inspection will check seats for damages and recalls, and for proper installation and… Learn More »

New Safety Guidelines Issued for Kids in Car Seats

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revised its guidelines for car seat safety.  The guidelines address three different types of child safety seats: infant seats, convertible seats, and booster seats.  The major change in the guidelines affects the convertible seats.  It is now recommended that children remain facing the rear of the vehicle until… Learn More »

Booster Seats Reduce Risk of Child Injury or Death in Auto Accidents

Last month, researchers reported online in Pediatrics (the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) that child traffic injuries fell in New York State after a new law (which became effective in 2005) required children between the ages of 4 through 6 to use booster seats. Specifically, the new law was associated with an 18%… Learn More »

Avoiding Infant Car Seat Injuries

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics warns parents that infant car seats need to remain in cars in order to prevent injuries to babies. Almost 9,000 infants go to the emergency room every year for car seat-related injuries that happen outside the car. Most of the reported injuries occurred when babies fell out… Learn More »