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Child restraints demonstrate love

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 7,500 lives have been saved by the proper use of child restraints during the past 20 years. Yet, motor vehicles still remain the No. 1 killer of children ages 4 to 14 years in America.

The reason? Too often it is the improper use or non-use of child safety seats and booster seats.

That is why the Mayo Clinic Trauma Center is joining NHTSA and other state and local leaders to commemorate Child Passenger Safety Week February 11-17. To ensure that you are using your child safety seat correctly, you may schedule an appointment to have it inspected by contacting Sharon Munns, RN, at 255-5066.

What a better way to show that you love your children on Valentine’s Day than to make sure they are secured properly in the family vehicle? Make it the law in your vehicle that all children ride properly restrained. It might actually save their lives.

For more information on child safety seats and booster seats, visit www.nhtsa.dot.gov, www.boosterseat.gov, or www.safercar.gov.

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Sharon Munns

Rochester

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