What if there were a way to prevent a leading cause of childhood death, but three out of four of us were doing it wrong? The good news is that community-based programs are making a difference. Buckle Up for Life is a national education program, created in 2004 by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Toyota, to save children’s lives. Over the last ten years, it has grown to include a network of more than a dozen of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and has educated more than 17,000 people about the proper use of car seats and seat belts. Toyota’s funding has also provided over 40,000 car seats for families in need.
The startling truth is that a car seat can dramatically reduce childhood death and injury from motor vehicle crashes, but 75 percent are still installed incorrectly. As part of its mission to educate and empower parents and caregivers nationwide, Buckle Up for Life will host a live discussion with child passenger safety experts via Hangout on Thursday, September 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm, ET. Please stay tuned for more information regarding our guests on Thursday’s Hangout.