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More Expecting Moms are Getting Car Seats Installed through Checkpoints but Most Families Still Don't Install Seats Correctly


WHAT: A press conference will be held at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to discuss proper child passenger safety and offer demonstrations on how to properly install a car and booster seat.

More than 98 percent of all car seats and booster seats are installed incorrectly despite parents' good intensions. Last year, more pregnant mothers visited the car seat checks than ever before. One-third of all those who had a car seat checked last year were expectant mothers.

State Farm Insurance will present a $12,500 grant to representatives of Children's and TECHS (Team Educators for CHild Safety), a coalition working to educate parents and caregivers on the proper installation of child safety seats. The funding will support TECHS' efforts to conduct child passenger safety checks in western Pennsylvania and provide seats for those in need. A list of upcoming checkpoints will be provided.

Since its inception four years ago, TECHS has installed child passenger seats for more than 5,000 families.

WHO: Barbara Gaines, MD, pediatric surgeon (who is expecting)

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Kathy Strotmeyer, MEd, PA American Academy of Pediatrics

Jennifer Johnsen, State Farm Insurance, check presentation

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2005

WHERE: Outside on the plaza at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, DeSoto Street

Editor's Note: Contact for Saturday should be done through the hospital operators at 412-692-5325 and ask to have Melanie Finnigan or Marc Lukasiak for more information.

Media can park in the hospital parking garage and will be escorted to the plaza. Some on-street parking may be available on DeSoto Street.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,

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June 17, 2008