“We want to make sure children are riding as safely as possible in properly installed seats,” said Kelly Ison, M.D., a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Mobile/USA Health.
By Casandra Andrews
Lots of local infants and toddlers will ride a little more securely now thanks to inspections performed by nationally certified car seat safety technicians from USA Health during a free outreach event at Pediatric Associates of Mobile/USA Health.
In all, 24 child seats were removed, inspected and re-installed on Sept. 29. Prior to the event, a safety seat training led by Children’s & Women’s Hospital team members was held to certify more car seat techs in the community.
“We want to make sure children are riding as safely as possible in properly installed seats,” said Kelly Ison, M.D., a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Mobile, who attended the inspections. USA Health hospitals and medical offices employ more than a dozen certified car seat techs, so we can help families stay safe when they travel.
During car seat inspections, all improperly installed car seats are removed and checked for expiration dates and damage.
The event, which was held during Child Passenger Safety Month, is one of four annual free car seat inspections planned in the Mobile community by USA Health.
Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children. Research shows that more than 45% of car seats are not used correctly. Using age- and size-appropriate car seats and installing them correctly are the best ways to reduce crash fatalities among children, safety experts say.