Across our nation, motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death among children ages one to 19 years. As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week being held from September 23-29, free child seat inspections will be conducted at a Child Safety Fair at the Waipio Shopping Center on Saturday, September 29.
The event at 94-1040 Waipio Uka Street in Waipio-Gentry will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with certified inspectors on hand to make sure your child safety and booster seats are properly installed. No pre-registration is needed, with child car seat checks done on a first-come, first-served basis. Free child bicycle helmets to be given out with each inspection.
The event is sponsored by Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, DTRIC Insurance Company, Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition, Safe Kids Hawaii, Hawaii Department of Transportation, and Waipio Shopping Center.
Along with free child car seat checkups, the day’s activities will include:
- A fire truck display by Honolulu Fire Department
- Fire safety education display by Federal Fire Department
- Display on child water safety
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 3,183 children in 2016 died as occupants of motor vehicles during collisions. Child safety seats when installed and used correctly decrease the risk of a fatal injury by 71 percent among infants, 54 percent among toddlers and 45 percent among children ages 4 to 8.
Vehicle safety technologies first introduced in 1956, such as seat belts, air bags and electronic stability control, are responsible for 613,501 lives saved in motor vehicle collisions from 1960 to 2012, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
For more information on the event, go to HawaiiPacificHealth.org/ChildSafetyFair or call 983-6800.