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Excelsior Springs Hospital to hold free car seat safety check at Tiger Fest

The Excelsior Springs Hospital will offer the community a free car seat safety check at the upcoming Tiger Fest, on Friday, April 13 from 5  to 7 p.m.

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of injury-related death in children ages four and under. Child safety seats, when installed correctly, can prevent injuries and save lives. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, buckling children into age-and-size appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts significantly reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries.

Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71 percent; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54 percent in passenger vehicles.

Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.

For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately half.

 

By Samantha Kilgore • kimeberely@leaderpress.com

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