Car seat safety inspection hotline

The survey, sponsored by DaimlerChrysler, found that use of a toll-free number is a parent's first choice method to find child passenger safety information. With telephone access available in 94 percent of households, the hotline will give nearly every family access to this lifesaving resource.

For those individuals who prefer to use the Internet, DaimlerChrysler has created a new Website, to complement the hotline. In addition, the Website will contain child passenger safety seat materials that are easily downloadable and may be used for educational purposes.

Car crashes remain the number one killer of children. However, many of these deaths could have been prevented with the proper use of child safety seats. According to NHTSA, child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers (one to four years old). Less than 10 percent of children between the ages of four and eight use booster seats.

Today, there are more child safety seat inspectors than ever before. In early 1999, when DaimlerChrysler's Fit for a Kid* inspection service was launched, there were approximately 1,200 certified inspectors nationwide -- one inspector for every 30,000 children, ages birth to eight. Today, there are more than 20,000 inspectors nationwide -- one inspector for every 1,800 children in that age group.

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