DriveTime donated 140 new car seats to Phoenix Children’s Hospital whose partners at the Safe Kids: Ride Safe Program provide top of the line car seats to families who can’t afford them.
Because so many DriveTime customers are families, we want to do our part to making sure families everywhere enjoy a safe driving experience, no matter what comes their way. The Phoenix Children’s Hospital and their partners in the Ride Safe Program are generously donating car seats to families who need them but can’t afford them.
We donated 140 car seats to help further their life saving efforts because vehicle collisions are the leading cause of preventable death of children, and in the majority of cases where a child’s death has occurred, the child wasn’t buckled in a car seat.
Children’s car seats are so simple that some people may be skeptical of how effective they are, but they prevent hundreds of child deaths every year. Using the proper car seat for your child’s age and size greatly reduces the risk of death during an accident.
New born babies through two year olds need to be in rear facing car seats because they provide the ultimate back and neck protection during a crash. After two years old your child your child can face forward while you drive.
At two years old, most children are big enough for a forward facing car seat. A safe forward facing car seat has a 5-point harness with two straps covering the shoulders, two covering the hips and one between the legs. At four years old your child can move up to a booster seat.
Use a booster seat for your child until they’ve grown over 4 feet 9 inches. Children below that height should not sit up front or use a standard seat belt or they risk serious–even fatal–injury.
- To follow the instructions when installing a car seat.
- To never put a car seat near the front airbags. Always sit your children in the back seats.
- To use the right seat for your child’s age and size. Using the wrong seat is dangerous and potentially fatal.
To learn more about the Ride Safe Program visit Safe Kids Arizona. They offer a variety of programs that will keep your children safe.