(Saco, Maine) According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, meanwhile, that parents often use child restraint systems incorrectly. One study found that 72% of nearly 3,500 observed car and booster seats were misused in a way that could be expected to increase a child’s risk of injury during a crash.
Two local organizations are tackling the challenge head on. Prime Motor Group and its owner Ira Rosenberg recently presented Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford with a $1,500 donation to advance car seat safety for newborn babies.
The donation helped the hospital purchase a Dial-A-Belt, a full-size, lightweight automobile seat that can be easily moved from room to room at SMMC so that expectant mothers and fathers can receive training for car seat installation. SMMC requires parents to receive car-seat education before they can leave the hospital with their newborn.
“Different cars have different configurations, so it’s pretty important that parents use the technology correctly,” Rosenberg said. “We want kids to be as safe as possible, so I love what the hospital is doing with this training. What a great idea.”
Specially designed for use in hospital settings, the training seat is created from materials that are medical-environment friendly. The vinyl covering of the seat is the same medical grade material used in ambulances. The seatback is ABS plastic from top to bottom, preventing spilled materials or fluids from absorbing or staying in the structure. The whole seat can be washed or wiped down.
Prime Motor Group operates several automobile dealerships in Maine, along U.S. Route 1 in Saco and Scarborough. The company’s main phone number is 888-674-6809.