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BIRMINGHAM – Child passenger safety experts at Children’s of Alabama are offering one-on-one car seat telephone consultations while in-person car seat checks are temporarily suspended because of COVID-19 social distancing precautions.

Parents and caregivers can call 1-800-504-9768 or 205-638-9900 to speak with a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at Safe Kids Alabama. The telephone consultations are offered Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States, and more than half of car seats are not used or installed correctly.

“Our experts will be able to assist with questions that address the correct type car seat needed for your individual child, as well as assist with questions specific to your individual car seat and your vehicle. If we are unable to provide assistance, we are able to provide specific information for the individual car seat manufacturers,” said Marie Crew, coordinator, Safe Kids Alabama at Children’s of Alabama.

For more information on car seats and booster seats, visit www.childrensal.org/ChildPassengerSafety.

About Children’s of Alabama

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama and 42 other states last year, representing more than 684,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s of Alabama’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.