MOBILE - More than 90 percent of children's car seats in Mobile and Baldwin counties are improperly installed, according to one local expert. That's an alarming statistic that USA Children's & Women's Hospital wants to change.
On Wednesday, April 21 from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m., the hospital will provide a free checkup for all child car seats. The checkup will take place in the hospital's front parking lot.
"Ninety-eight percent of the child car seats in Mobile and Baldwin counties are improperly installed," Sgt. Leroy Smith of the Saraland Police Department said. Smith is a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor through Safe Kids and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Nationally there are seven children killed every day and another 44 severely injured - requiring hospitalization and/or long term care - due to improperly installed or no child passenger safety seat."
Smith will lead the checkup with support from USA Children's & Women's Hospital nurses Lalita Holder and Lanetta Dowell, both certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.
"As nurses and parent educators, we have seen the injuries, pain, and suffering that resulted from improperly installed child car seats," said Holder, a nurse educator in the hospital's Mother/Baby Unit. "With our car seat checkup, it's our goal to see every child leave safer than when they arrive," said Dowell, a parent educator in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
For more information about the USA Children's & Women's Hospital Car Seat Checkup, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital annually delivers more babies than any hospital in Mobile, and features the area's only intensive care unit for babies as well as a regional referral center for high-risk obstetrical care. For more information, please visit www.southalabama.edu/usacwh or call 415-1000.