Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) Traffic Safety Foundation has declared June to be Child Passenger Safety Month in the province.
Car crashes are the leading cause of accidental death among children in B.C. Each year, over 1,300 children under the age of nine are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions. A correctly used and installed child seat can reduce the risk of injury and death by up to 85 per cent.
“A 2008 study conducted by ICBC showed that while booster seat use has significantly increased, almost 20 per cent of the children using a seatbelt should have been in a booster seat,” said Marg Deibert, child passenger safety program manager for the foundation. “Those are the people that we really need to reach.”
New parents know that they cannot leave the hospital with their newborns without proper infant seats, but as children grow, the parents may not know the next stage. The foundation runs new parent workshops to address questions about child passenger safety, and shows parents how to disassemble and reassemble an infant seat, how to harness the child properly, and how to correctly use and install seats in vehicles.
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