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PROJECT SAFE BABY REMINDS PARENTS OF NEW CHILD PASSENGER SEAT BELT LAW

 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Project Safe Baby, a community awareness program that encourages the correct use of car seats, reminds parents with youngsters under age 4 to obey the newly revised Pennsylvania child passenger law.
 On Saturday, Aug. 21, Act 22 of the Child Passenger Protection Law takes effect, requiring that all children under the age of 4 be secured in a child car seat, regardless of whether they are riding in the front or rear seat of the vehicle.
 Previously, safety seats were only required for children under age 4 sitting in the front passenger position and children under age 1 riding in the back seat. After age 1, the law allowed the child to ride in the back seat using just a car seat belt.
 For some parents, the new Pennsylvania law may mean the need to purchase a child car seat. To assist consumers, Project Safe Baby provides a free brochure entitled "Tips for Safer Travel with Children," which offers suggestions for choosing an appropriate car seat, securing a child in the seat and installing the seat in a vehicle. Developed with the assistance of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the brochure is available free of charge through Midas Muffler and Brake Shops.
 Project Safe Baby, through local Midas shops, also makes Century 1000 STE car seats available to the public at a wholesale cost of $42. The Century 1000 is certified to meet all federal motor vehicle safety standards. It is designed for use with infants from about seven to 20 pounds and for toddlers from about 20 to 40 pounds.
 When the child no longer needs the car seat, it can be returned to Midas in exchange for a certificate redeemable for a full credit toward Midas services.
 In 1991 alone, nearly 455 deaths and about 49,000 serious injuries to children could have been prevented with the proper use of child car seats. By making low-cost, federally approved car seats available at its shops and spreading the word about their correct use, Midas hopes to prevent some of these senseless tragedies.
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 /CONTACT: Robyn Forman of LevLane Public Relations, 215-667-7313, for Midas/


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