The week of September 19th is Child Passenger Safety Week. If you’re like me, you’re thinking that it seems like there’s a day, week, or month for just about everything under the sun these days. I don’t blame you, but this one is really important. Research shows that over 70% of car seats are not being used in cars properly. OVER. SEVENTY. PERCENT. That failure rate may be okay for a non-all star baseball player’s batting average, but not our kids safety.
Why do people spend hours reading reviews about what the safest car seat is, and then spend several hundred dollars on it, but don’t take the time to ensure it’s installed properly? Why do people diligently child-proof their home, but neglect their car? When you think about it, it doesn’t make sense, but yet it’s reality. And even when you do pay attention to child passenger safety, some things can be confusing or counter-intuitive.
So what are we doing about it? Several things, actually.
1) We’re teaming with a local non-profit agency, Family Compass, to help promote their FREE carseat checkup event on Saturday the 24th. This is by appointment, and is a great way to have a Child Passenger Safety Technician make sure your family isn’t among the 70% doing it wrong. More information about that is available by clicking here.
2) We’re teaming with Britax to help promote their message of the importance of child safety next week. On Monday Sept 19th at 11:30 CT on the City Dads Group Facebook page, we will be hosting a live video chat from Britax headquarters. During this event, you’ll learn from Britax’s safety experts, have a chance to win a carseat, and for each comment posted Britax will add $25 to their carseat donation to the Good+ Foundation. Be sure to like the City Dads Group page and elect to receive notifications, and you will get notified when the live event begins.
3) Something else. Stay tuned. We’ll make a big announcement soon for a Dallas Dads Group and Britax collaboration.
**Disclosure Note: City Dads Group will receive compensation for the live Britax event. We limit our sponsored collaborations to relevant partners that offer products and services we believe in. **