Safe Kids USA Donates 500,000th Child Safety Seat


WEBWIRE – Friday, September 23, 2011

Families in need targeted for improved child passenger safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Safe Kids USA reached a milestone this week with the 500,000th child safety seat given to a family in need at a Washington, D.C. Safe Kids car seat inspection event. Safe Kids Buckle Up (SKBU) has educated more than 21 million parents and caregivers about child safety in and around vehicles.

The 500,000th seat was presented to Alison Forest for her 4-year-old daughter at the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Cente. The event is one of more than 400 sponsored by SKBU for National Child Passenger Safety Week that runs through Saturday. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Debbie Hersman was joined by GM Safety and Crashworthiness Executive Director Gay Kent and Safe Kids’ Lorrie Walker for the presentation.

As a major element of the SKBU program, tens of thousands of child safety seats have also been distributed in partnership with the NAACP and the National Council of LaRaza.

The General Motors Foundation is the sole funder of the SKBU program. This partnership, dedicated to child passenger safety, is now in its 15th year with 1.4 million cars seats inspected at approximately 65,000 car seat checkup events throughout the country.

About the GM Foundation

Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/corporate/responsibility/community.



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