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FOR KIDS TOO BIG FOR CAR SEATS, ADJUSTER PROVIDES SAFE, SNUG SEAT BELT, SHOULDER HARNESS FIT

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Anyone with kids weighing 50 to 70 pounds knows the problem: too large to be belted in a car seat, too small for comfort in a seat belt and safety harness. A father has found a remedy.
 Frustrated by the problem when his own children outgrew their car seats but were insecure in harness and belt, Tom Golder came up with a padded, fitted sleeve for the belt and shoulder strap called Safe-Fit ($16.99, call 1-800-677-0067).
 "It wasn't quite that simple," Golder says. "A lot of people provided advice, support and guidance in its development."
 One was Kathy Kruger of the Safety Restraint Coalition (out of the Seattle area), who says, "It really met a need. It gives children upper body protection that is not available from an adult belt."
 An advantage if his seat belt adjuster, Golder says, is that it provides a comfortable fit by repositioning the seat belt-shoulder strap combination.
 "And a comfortable fit helps kids get into the habit of buckling up every time they get in the car," Golder says.
 Most of 2,000 children from infant to age 15 among automobile passengers killed in 1990 were not wearing seat belts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Golder believes that statistics coupled with the Safety Restraint Coalition report that seat belts improve chances of survival 70 percent emphasize the importance of his Safe-Fit adjuster.
 Golder calls proper fit crucial. A seat belt that restrains the wrong areas of the body can cause internal injuries in a crash.
 For further information or to order Safe-Fit, $16.99, call 1-800-677-0067.
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