Beasley Allen sponsored free seat checks for parents and caregivers to ensure children’s safety seats were properly installed in their vehicle as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (September 27, 2010)  – As a part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Beasley Allen sponsored a Seat Check Saturday event in partnership with Safe Kids USA and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The event, held Saturday, Sept. 25, provided parents and child caregivers an opportunity to have their child safety seats installed or inspected at no cost. Qualified seat installation experts inspected 50 child safety seats from 9 a.m.-noon at EastChase shopping center in Montgomery. This was part of National Seat Check Saturday, with similar events held throughout the country.

It is estimated that more than 80 percent of child safety seats are incorrectly installed, putting children at risk for serious injuries. Beasley Allen’s participation was encouraged by attorney J.P. Sawyer, who has seen tragic injuries and deaths resulting from improperly installed or used safety seats in his personal injury practice. The father of four was on site throughout the event to lend a hand and talk with parents about the importance of child safety seats.

“We are committed to working closely with our partners and safety advocates to help reduce the number of young lives lost on our roadways,” Sawyer said. “Our goal is to educate parents and caregivers about how to properly install and use safety restraints.”

National Child Passenger Safety Week is an annual event presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange officially declared Sept. 19-25, 2010 as Child Passenger Safety Week in the Capital City, to coincide with the national event.

Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in automobile crashes. For children ages 3-6, and 8-14, it is the leading cause of death. It is impossible to overstate the toll this takes on families. All 50 states and the District of Columbia and our territories have laws requiring the use of safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children traveling in motor vehicles. But these restraints cannot work if they are not installed properly. Sadly, three out of every four child restraints are not properly used. 

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