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FOR RELEASE: September 26, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Car Seat Safety Checks Prevent Injuries and Save Lives

Although 96 percent of parents believe they install their child safety seat correctly, it is estimated that about 82 percent of children placed in child safety seats are improperly restrained, according to officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.

Recently, the OSDH Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, Fox 25 and the WB channel 34 television stations joined efforts to educate people about the proper installation of car seats at the Oklahoma State Fair.

“We had a good turnout and more than 75 families came by the booth to learn about car seat safety. When correctly installed and used, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives,” said OSDH Preventive Medical Consultant Regina Nelson.

Child safety seats are extremely effective when correctly installed and used in passenger cars, reducing the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for children ages 1 to 4, and reducing the need for hospitalization by 69 percent for children ages 4 and under.

“We would like to thank our partners for the help they provided to make this project a success,” Nelson said. Donors included ABC Office Furniture at 510 W. Reno, Wal-Mart at 2000 W. Memorial, 100 E, I-240 Service Road, and 6100 W. Reno, The Learning Tree at 7646 N. Western, Hideaway Pizza in Edmond, Reddy Ice at 5525 S.W. 29th, McDonalds at 2901 S. May, and Ozarka Water.

For more information about car seat safety or to find out the date, time and place of the next car seat safety clinic, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at 405/271- 3430.

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