To kick off the season of summer travel, Mitsubishi Motors and Kids Safety First, in conjunction with Dorel Juvenile Group USA, will host child safety seat inspection events at Mitsubishi dealerships in Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Washington.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children three to 14 years old. Four children in the US are killed in car crashes each day and another 529 children are injured.

Having the right child safety seats is crucial. When used properly, child restraints reduce the likelihood of an infant under the age of one being killed in a vehicle crash by 71%, and reduce it by 54% for one to four year olds. Booster seats reduce injuries by 45% over seat belts alone for four to eight year olds.

While many states have improved their requirements for child restraint use, recent studies show that only half of children ages four through eight ride in any type of child restraints. And according to national data, 73% of child restraints are critically misused.

At the Kids Safety First events this summer, families will receive hands-on instruction from certified child passenger safety technicians on how to properly select, install and use their child restraint systems.

"We founded Kids Safety First to educate parents and caregivers about the proper use of child safety seats and booster seats," said Jorgen Weterrings, co-founder of the California-based organization. "As parents of young children, we experienced first-hand the confusion parents often face in selecting and using the right child safety seats as their children grow and age."

The all-volunteer, non-profit organization provides free automotive child safety materials to police, fire and rescue, hospitals, schools and pre-natal centers throughout the United States.

Dorel Juvenile Group USA is also donating $15,000 worth of car seats to the effort, which will be used to replace unsafe and expired seats, so that children can leave the events as safely as possible. Dorel is the largest manufacturer of children's car seats globally, producing car seats under the Costco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer and Maxi-Cosi brands.

"At Dorel, everything we do is dedicated to helping provide a safer world for children," said Dave Taylor, President of Dorel Juvenile Group US. "We gladly participate in car seat checks across the country, providing resources to our fellow advocate community."

For additional information or to order materials, please visit kidssafetyfirst.org.

The schedule of child passenger safety inspection events is below:

 

Georgia:

Jim Ellis Mitsubishi Marietta 
July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1195 Cobb Parkway South?Marietta, GA 30060

Douglasville Mitsubishi
August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7488 Douglas Blvd.?Douglasville, GA 30135

Don Jackson Mitsubishi
August 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
4000 Jonesboro Road?Union City, GA 30291

 

Indiana:

Andy Mohr Mitsubishi 
August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
13927 Trade Center Drive ?Fishers, IN 46038

 

Illinois:

Continental Mitsubishi?
July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.?
5800 S. Lagrange Road?Countryside, IL 60525?708-354-1400

O'brien Mitsubishi Normal ?
August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.?
1601 Fort Jesse Road ?Normal, IL 61761?888-483-3446

 

Minnesota:

White Bear Lake Mitsubishi 
August 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.?
3400 Highway 61?White Bear Lake, MN 55110

 

Missouri:

Joe Machens Mitsubishi ?
August 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.?
500 Vandiver Drive?Columbia, MO 65202

 

Ohio:

Columbus Mitsubishi-North?
August 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.?
8600 N. High Street?Columbus, OH 43235

Columbus Mitsubishi-West?
August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.?
3880 Fishinger Blvd.?Hilliard, OH 43026

Ricart Mitsubishi?
August 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.?
4255 South Hamilton Road?Groveport, OH 43125-9332

 

Washington:

Younker Mitsubishi?
August 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.?
3820 E Valley Road, South?Renton, WA 98057

 

Washington DC:

Shirlie Slack Mitsubishi
July 9 from noon to 3 p.m.
3475 Jefferson Davis Hwy?Fredericksburg, VA 22408

King Mitsubishi-Md
July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
16160 Frederick Road?Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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Holly Reich writes about cars, travel, lifestyle and more. Her work has been featured in publications that include: Elite Traveler, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and The Boston Herald. She contributes monthly to Motor Matters syndicate and her blog, "Riffs on Rides," appears on uptownlife.net.

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