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New website takes the guesswork out of car seat questions

safemobilityproject.com takes the guesswork out of car seat questions

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09-29-2017

If your child is 2-years-old and weighs 40 pounds, should he be in a rear- or forward-facing car seat? Is it safe to graduate a petite 8-year-old out of a booster seat? These are some of the questions that baffle parents but are vitally important should you find yourself in a serious car crash. Now, a new resource will eliminate the guesswork.

Akron Children’s Hospital and The Goodyear Foundation have launched a new website – www.safemobilityproject.com – to give parents valuable information to keep their children safe in cars, on bikes and later when they get behind the wheel themselves.

Special features include:

In February 2016, Akron Children’s Hospital announced a three-year grant from The Goodyear Foundation to support the “Safe Mobility Project,” enabling the hospital and community partner organizations to expand child safety programs focusing on cars and bicycles.

Over the course of the grant, the Project will distribute 2,500 child passenger safety seats and more than 2,700 bike helmets and conduct car seat and bike helmet safety events with parents and caregivers in Akron-area neighborhoods where children are at high risk for injury. The teen driving program will be new to Akron Children’s.

“The website launch is a milestone in our collaboration with The Goodyear Foundation and its features have been given careful consideration based on the questions we know parents have. For example, we know a tough question for parents is ‘When do I move my child out of a booster seat?’ Our 5-step test will help parents make that call,” said Heather Trnka, injury prevention supervisor at Akron Children’s. “We are especially excited to offer all of this in five languages to help break down the barriers to communications.”

Research shows that young children still ride in cars without being secured in a car seat or booster seat and as many as 73 percent of child safety seats are not properly installed in cars.

safemobilityproject.com takes the guesswork out of car seat questions

The Safe Mobility Project is a collaboration between Akron Children's Hospital and the Goodyear Foundation

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