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TURNPIKE EVENT EMPHASIZES CAR SEAT SAFETY

 TURNPIKE EVENT EMPHASIZES CAR SEAT SAFETY
 PITTSBURGH, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- "We can't bear to be without


you" is the theme of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's safety event at the New Stanton Service Plaza (milepost 77.6, westbound) on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
 Motorists who frequently travel with young passengers in car seats are encouraged to stop by for a free child safety seat inspection. Participants will also receive a free chance to win a car seat courtesy of McDonald's at New Stanton.
 The event is part of a Turnpike campaign to increase awareness of the proper use of seat belts and safety restraints for infants and children. Representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics will be on hand to offer free inspections of child seat restraints, to advise motorists which car seats have been recalled, and to verify if the seat is secured correctly.
 Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike safety personnel will also participate, handing out literature and answering questions about child safety restraints. Coloring sheets featuring the "Car Bears" will be free for children. The Car Bear family will also be featured on Turnpike toll booth signs with the messages, "We can't bear to be without you," and "Buckle Baby Right."
 Since Pennsylvania legislators passed the Child Passenger Protection Act in 1983, many people have purchased safety seats. However, surveys show that although the sales of top-rated, federally approved safety seats have increased, they are misused.
 Why Is Proper Use of Seat Belts and Car Seats Important?
 Studies show that when children are correctly buckled up and feel more secure, they are better behaved, fall asleep sooner, and are less likely to be injured during an accident. Sometimes, however, safety seats are not used properly because people do not read the manufacturer's instructions. They don't realize that a misused safety seat does not provide adequate protection.
 Safety seats are designed to hold the child in place and absorb the impact of a crash by spreading the forces over the stronger parts of a child's body. For these reasons, it is critical that the child is restrained and sitting in the correct position. The child safety seat must be secured to the vehicle's seat with the lap belt. The safety seat's harness must also be used to hold the child in the safety seat.
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 /CONTACT: Clare E. Doran of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 412-856-0886/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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