Hollywood promotes child safety in vehicles

September 11, 2012 12:00 AM

Hollywood may have perfected the art of the high-speed chase, but that doesn't mean the industry doesn't value safety regulations.

This past weekend celebrities came together to increase awareness of the upcoming National Child Passenger Safety Week. Actress and former Miss USA Ali Landry hosted the event, which taught about the importance of child safety.

"There is a strong need for increased awareness about child passenger safety in this country," said Sarah Tilton, a passenger safety advocate. "Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for children from age 1 to 14.  Proper installation and use of car seats will help keep children safe. Yet, too many parents aren't aware of how to properly use a car seat.  And many more parents aren't current on how state laws regulating car seat restraints are changing."

There are several tips for keeping a car up-to-date with the latest regulations in order to help keep all passengers safe. Getting a regular tune up and scheduled maintenance to monitor a car's condition is key, as is knowing how to properly install and use child seats. Of course, the most important thing is to always use a seatbelt.  According to Safe Kids USA, nearly half of the kids who die in car crashes are completely unrestrained.  

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