Kristi's Kids

Jun 13, 2012 2:42 PM

Free car seats for Southern Arizona families

TUCSON - Families have an opportunity to receive a free car seat this coming weekend, if they attend a class on how to use it.

The program is offered by Tucson Medical Center. Families are required to pre-register and classes will be held in English and Spanish.

Pre-registration will be hosted by Univision during one of its news show beginning Thursday, June 14 at 5pm.

Classes will be held Saturday, June 16, at several times throughout the morning.

TMC for Children, the lead agency of Safe Kids Tucson, is joining forces with the Tucson Police Department and Univision to offer up to 120 free child car seats.

They'll be distributed to families at the Tucson Police Department's substation at 1310 W. Miracle Mile.

Certified car seat technicians will be on hand to answer questions.

Safe Kids Tucson coordinator Yomaira Diaz says the most common car seat errors include the following:

- kids don't fit inito the seat that they're in

- the car seat is not compatible with the vehicle

- the seat belt isn't routed through the correct belt paths

"Motor vehicle crashes continue to rank among the top three preventable deaths," Diaz says.

"A lot of times when we're out in the community, we find that parents and caregivers just don't know everything they need to know about their vehicle and their child's car seat," Diaz adds. "With just a brief class, they can be assured that their child will be far safer when traveling on the roads."

Every child under 5 has to be secured in an appropriate child safety seat, as mandated by Arizona law.

When the child weighs more than 40 pounds, he or she is ready for a booster seat and a new state law takes effect August 2 requiring boosters for kids 5 and older.

Booster seats also will be available at this Saturday's event.

If you want but can't attend the event, you can call the TMC Boost Your Booty program at 324-5604 for more information.

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