FOR RELEASE: February 8, 2000
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Unveils Mobile Car Seat Check-Up Van
||Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition
||In observance of National Child Passenger Safety Week (Feb. 13-19), the Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition will unveil its new Mobile Car Seat Check-Up Van. Donated by General Motors’ Chevrolet division, the van is part of a new
initiative that will provide life-saving child passenger safety information and hands-on car seat installations to hard-to- reach communities as a free public service to automobile owners of all makes and models.
||Thursday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
||Kids, Inc. Child Development Center 724 N.E. 14th St., Oklahoma City
||Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional
injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. Despite public awareness campaigns focused on properly restraining children in motor vehicles, and thousands of certified child passenger safety technicians nationwide, about 38 percent of Oklahoma children still ride unrestrained, and 85 percent of car seats continue to beused wrong.
Tony Felize, Marketing Area Manager, General Motors;
Dr. Sara DePersio, State Health Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Personal Health Services, Oklahoma State Department of Health;
Dr. Terry Stull, Pediatric Chairman, Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma; and
Joe McDonald, Director, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office
||From 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., trained inspectors will be on hand (weather permitting) to check installations of child safety seats.