Group aims to bring more awareness to car seat safety

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It only takes minutes. A check that could safe a precious life.

"How important are their children? To me, my child is the most important thing in the world," said Bonnie Fulghum.

And today, she's helping other parents who feel the same, working to educate and prepare moms and dads when they're on the road with their valuable cargo.

"Statistics show that more accidents happen in vehicles then any other mode of transportation or event for children," said Fulghum.

More than 60 percent of children are improperly harnessed into their car seats and more than 75 percent of car seats are improperly installed.

"We always will install their car seats and make sure that they're children are properly riding down the highway," she said.

Fulghum and Aiken Rescue check every car seat, explaining the importance of a car seat and how injuries drop significantly when used and installed right.

Tips they hope will click with parents.

"Most parents feel that they would do anything to protect their children so a car seat only makes them protected more when they're riding in a vehicle," Fulghum told News 12's Patrick Price.

From infant all the way up to 12 years old.

No matter what age, she says safety is key.

"The gap happens when they turn that one year of age, then you have improper fitting harnesses, you have children being turned around too soon, you have children going into booster seats too soon," she said.

Avoiding those could keep everyone safe.

For more information on how to set up an appointment for a car seat check for your child, please go to safekids.org.


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