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Good Samaritan Hospital Hosting Child Safety Seat Check Event

September 3rd, 2014

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center has scheduled a Child Safety Seat Check during Child Passenger Safety Week on September 15, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and September 17, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, at 560 Union Boulevard, West Islip. By appointment only, members of the community may check if a child’s car seat meets safety standards. Trained staff will be on-hand to provide free education on the proper car restraints (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster seat or seat belt) for their child’s age and size.

Failure to read and carefully follow the installation instructions included with a car seat as well as those in the vehicle owner's manual can lead to incorrect installation, exposing a child passenger to grave risk of serious injury or death in a crash. In 2012, over one third of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in cars.

For further information on child safety seats and to schedule an appointment, please call (631) 376-4109.

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Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
(631) 376-4483

 

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