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FOR RELEASE: January 11, 2001
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Child Passenger Safety Training Set for January 17

Another “SAFE KIDS Buckle Up” child safety seat training is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, for interested child passenger safety advocates.

The class is sponsored by the Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition, a program of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will focus on child safety seats and their proper installation.

Motor vehicle-related injury is the most common unintentional injury to children, according to Coalition Coordinator Martha Collar. Last year in Oklahoma, 16 children up to age 4 were killed and 963 were seriously injured. Most were unrestrained or improperly restrained.

“Car seats are extremely effective when properly used and installed, reducing the risk of death by 70 percent for infants and about 50 percent for toddlers. The problem is, four out of five car seats are misused in some way,” said Collar. “This misuse can mean the difference between life and death in a crash.”

The workshop will include a hands-on session in which participants practice proper installations. Cost of the class is $10.

The class is part of the SAFE KIDS Buckle Up program, sponsored by General Motors and the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. As part of the program, child safety seat check ups are conducted at General Motors dealerships across the country in which trained inspectors check car seats for proper installation and use.

Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited. For more information, call (405) 271-5695.

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