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Near Tragedy Inspires Program to Stay Safe with Car Seats

Near Tragedy Inspires Program to Stay Safe with Car Seats

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Deanie Wimmer ReportingA safety effort sparked by a serious car crash has now crossed an impressive milestone. Hundreds of families are now Staying Safe because of a near tragedy.

A group of Park City moms launched a crusade a few years ago to ensure every family that needed one had a car seat. Their motivation was a little girl who was ejected and seriously hurt in a car crash because her family couldn't afford one.

Three-hundred car seats and counting. These moms were moved by a little girl's needless injuries but never expected such support for their car seat campaign.

Christy Young is part of Rosey's Car Seats for Kids. "When the accident happened, we all had children the same age as little Rosey. So that hit us that much harder," she explained.

Christina Sullivan said, "Our whole mission was if we keep one child safe, that's what we wanted to do."

With the help of donors and supporters, the moms provide car seats to the Health Department. Employees distribute them to any family that asks.

Naomi Doyle said, "There's a big group of people who would like car seats and to have their kids safe, but they just don't have the funds to do it."

A safety fair was part celebration and part reminder that parents need to do more than simply have a car seat. Getting a car seat is the first step. It's equally important to make sure it's properly installed. By far, the majority are not.

Malaena Brady of the Summit County Health Department said, "Three out of four car seats are installed with at least one error, and they're pretty severe errors."

Safety advocates here pooled their efforts to make even more families aware of this life-saving message. And hundreds of car seats later, the moms are sharing something they've learned.

"That's a big message that's important, moms need to know," said Christina Sullivan. "You can identify a small need in your community, and you can make a difference."

If you want to get your car seat installed correctly, contact health departments, fire departments or highway patrols. If you'd like more information on car seat safety or on Rosey's Car Seats for Kids, go to the links on this page.

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