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Mitsubishi to Conduct Child Seat Checks

Mitsubishi Motors and Kids Safety First will host child safety seat inspection events at Mitsubishi dealerships in nine states in conjunction with Dorel Juvenile Group USA.

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Dealerships in Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington will offer families hands-on instruction by certified child passenger safety technicians.

The technicians will show how to properly select, install and use child restraint systems. Certified technicians have been through extensive training with a national standardized course, and have field experience.

The program is an effort to improve child safety during the busy summer travel months.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. Every day, 4 children in the U.S. are killed in crashes and 529 children are injured. National data show that 73 percent of child restraints are misused, and last year's Kids Safety First events documented a 92 percent misuse rate.

When used properly, child restraints reduce the likelihood of an infant under the age of 1 being killed in a vehicle crash by 71 percent, and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce injuries by 45 percent over seat belts alone for children ages 4 to 8.

Although many states have enhanced requirements for child restraint use, recent studies show that only half of children ages 4 through 8 ride in any type of child restraints.

"We founded Kids Safety First to educate parents and caregivers about the proper use of child safety seats and booster seats," said Jorgen Weterrings, co-founder of the California based non-profit organization. "As parents of young children, we experienced first-hand the confusion parents often face in selecting and using the right child safety seats as their children grow and age."

The all-volunteer, grassroots organization provides free automotive child safety materials to police, fire and rescue, hospitals, schools and pre-natal centers throughout the United States. To date more than 4 million sets of Kids Safety First materials have been distributed across the country.

Dorel Juvenile Group USA is donating $15,000 worth of car seats to the nine-state program. The new seats will replace unsafe and expired seats to ensure that children leave the events as safely as possible. Dorel is the largest manufacturer of children's car seats globally, with 90 percent of the Company's North America car seats produced in Columbus, Indiana. Dorel's portfolio of leading car seat brands includes Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer and Maxi-Cosi.

"At Dorel, everything we do is dedicated to helping provide a safer world for children," said Dave Taylor, president of Dorel Juvenile Group US. "We gladly participate in car seat checks across the country, providing resources to our fellow advocate community."

The scheduled child passenger safety inspection stations will be held in the following locations:

GEORGIA – Atlanta area
Don Jackson Mitsubishi
August 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4000 Jonesboro Road
Union City, GA 30291

Jim Ellis Mitsubishi Marietta
July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1195 Cobb Parkway South
Marietta, GA 30060

Douglasville Mitsubishi
August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7488 Douglas Blvd.
Douglasville, GA 30135

INDIANA – Indianapolis area

Andy Mohr Mitsubishi
August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
13927 Trade Center Drive
Fishers, IN 46038


Shirlie Slack Mitsubishi
July 9 from noon to 3 p.m.
3475 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

King Mitsubishi-Md
July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
16160 Frederick Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

OHIO – Columbus area

Columbus Mitsubishi-North
August 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
8600 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43235

Columbus Mitsubishi-West
August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3880 Fishinger Blvd.
Hilliard, OH 43026

Ricart Mitsubishi
August 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4255 South Hamilton Road
Groveport, OH 43125-9332


Continental Mitsubishi
July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5800 S. Lagrange Road
Countryside, IL 60525

O'brien Mitsubishi Normal
August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1601 Fort Jesse Road
Normal, IL 61761

MINNESOTA – St. Paul area

White Bear Lake Mitsubishi
August 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3400 Highway 61
White Bear Lake, MN 55110


Joe Machens Mitsubishi
August 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
500 Vandiver Drive
Columbia, MO 65202

WASHINGTON – Seattle area

Younker Mitsubishi
August 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3820 E Valley Road, South
Renton, WA 98057

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