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SJMO joins Star EMS for Car Seat Inspection Event
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland joins Star EMS for car seat inspection event

Free Inspection to Look for Expired, Recalled or Damaged Car Seats

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Trauma Services Department, in partnership with Star EMS, will conduct a car seat safety inspection 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Star EMS facility, 63 Oakland Ave., Pontiac. Star EMS provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance service in Oakland County.

The free child restraint inspection will look for expired, recalled or damaged seats and provide education for guardians. Certified Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) will check to see that the seats are installed properly and that child restraints are positioned to prevent injury.

According to Safe Kids USA (, when installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (age 1-4).

Safe Kids USA also reported that:

  • Child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71 and 54 percent, respectively for infants and toddlers in passenger cars.
  • Compared to seat belts, the use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury among young children by 71 to 82 percent and fatal injury by 28 percent.
    In 2009, 309 children under age 5 were saved due to restraint use. That same year, among child passenger deaths, 31 percent of children under age 4 and 42 percent of children age 4-7 were unrestrained.
  • Children are more likely to be properly restrained when the driver is properly restrained.
  • African American children age 8-12 have the lowest restraint use among children; about 28 percent are not restrained while riding in a motor vehicle.
  • Children should ride in a car seat as long as possible, as long as the child is within the height and weight requirements described by the manufacturer. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Children should ride in rear-facing child safety seats as long as possible. They should remain in a rear-facing child seat until they are at least 2 years old or reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of the child safety seat.
  • Children age 2 and up or those who have outgrown their rear-facing safety seat, should ride in a forward-facing car seat for as long as possible.
  • Return the product registration card provided for all new child safety seats to the manufacturer to ensure you will be notified of any recalls.

For questions, contact SJMO Trauma Program Manager Carol Spinweber, 248-858-6690.


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