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BIRMINGHAM - In honor of National Car Seat Safety Month, Hare Wynn has pledged $10,000 to Children’s of Alabama’s Car Seat Program today, which provides patient families with car seats upon discharge from the hospital.
“We are honored to partner with Children’s on such an important initiative,” said Hare Wynn Principal, Leon Ashford. “No parent should ever have to worry about getting their child home from the hospital safely, and we hope that by providing car seats to these families we are easing some of that burden.”
Last year more than 220 children who would have otherwise been sent home without a car seat were given seats through this program. Since the program launched three years ago, hundreds of families have received free car seats - the vast majority were visiting Children’s Emergency Department. HWNN has donated more than $25,000 to fund Children’s car seat program.
Nationally about 80 percent of child passenger safety seats are incorrectly installed.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, children are more likely than adults to be injured because they have softer bones, weaker neck muscles and more fragile bodies. Children also have larger heads in proportion to their bodies which is why children 13 and under should always ride in the back seat of a vehicle.
Alabama Child Restraint Law (2006):
"Every person transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall provide for the protection of the child by properly using... a child passenger restraint system." The term "motor vehicle" as used in this section shall include a passenger car, pickup truck, van (seating capacity of 10 or less), minivan, or sports utility vehicle. The fine for a citation is $25.00. The size-appropriate restraint system required for a child shall include all of the following types of child safety seats. Protect your children by changing each seat as they grow.”