NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Safe Kids Middlesex County and the Level I Trauma Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) encourage parents and caregivers to have their children’s car seats and booster seats inspected for compliance with recently updated car seat recommendations from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on National Seat Check Saturday (Sept. 24), certified child passenger safety technicians will conduct free car seat and booster seat inspections at the Brunswick Towne Center, located at the corner of Handy St. and Jersey Ave. RWJUH and Safe Kids Middlesex County partnered with the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) for this event.
The event is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, an annual campaign to bring public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate car seats, booster seats or seat belts. The campaign ends on Sept. 24 with National Seat Check Saturday, when certified child passenger safety technicians will provide advice and hands-on car seat inspections nationwide.
The assessment takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes per child. Participants complete a waiver that allows the certified child passenger safety technician into the vehicle. The technician then will assess the vehicle’s safety features, look at all children - and each child individually - inside the vehicle and may make adjustments to determine the best fit for the car seat or booster seat. This also is a hands-on opportunity for caregivers to practice installing their child passenger safety seat(s) and to ask questions.
Research findings from a recent Safe Kids USA study of 79,000 child safety seat inspections conducted over a full year show that improper or non-use of top tethers as the greatest area of concern; less than one-third of the forward-facing child seats arriving at seat check events used a top tether, the strap at the top of the car seat that hooks to a tether anchor in the vehicle. The tether, which is used mostly on forward-facing seats for children under 40-48 pounds, provides added protection to children by helping to reduce the forward movement of child’s head in a crash.
The study also found that while parents are doing a better job keeping children in rear-facing seats for a longer period – 41 percent of children greater than 20 pounds and 32 percent of children over age one were still riding in the rear-facing direction – there is a continuing need to educate about the criteria to transition between seat types.
This year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration updated its car seat recommendations to emphasize the importance of selecting a car seat based on a child’s age and size and the proper fit in the vehicle.
Come out on Sept. 24 to ensure your child is secured properly while traveling!
EVENT: National Seat Check Saturday at Brunswick Towne Center
DATE/TIME: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Brunswick Towne Center
Handy St. and Jersey Ave.
New Brunswick, N.J. 08903
For more information about upcoming seat checks or to learn more about Safe Kids Middlesex County, please call (732) 418-8026 or visit www.safekids.org
Reporters interested in attending the Sept. 24 event may contact Peter Haigney or Zenaida Mendez at RWJUH Public Relations - (732) 937-8521.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.