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Thursday May 19th, 2011

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The number one cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 9 is car collisions. It is suggested that children use a car seat until the age of 8 to help fight this statistic, as it makes a child 75% less likely to be injured. But, when 4 out of every 5 seats are incorrectly installed, the aid from these seats is lost.

Safe Seats Save Children (SSSC) is a committee of volunteers interested in the safety of children in the Windsor-Essex County area. The committee is made up of paramedics, police, fire fighters, and other community members who have all been trained in proper car seat safety, and is run as part of The Children’s Safety Village of Windsor and Essex County.

Their goal is to help reduce the risk of injury to children in automobile collisions by hosting car seat clinics. These clinics happen once every few weeks, are volunteer run, and free for anyone who wishes to participate. All that you need to do is bring the vehicle and seat to the location where the clinic is taking place, and certified volunteers will inspect your existing set up. The seat itself will be checked for recalls and over all safety, and the parents will be shown how to properly install the seat in their vehicle.

The clinics take place at various locations throughout the city, and information on when and where the next one will be held can be obtained by calling 226-345-5695.

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