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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Baby Safety Month Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long education campaign, celebrating its 25th anniversary, aims to increase consumer awareness of safety issues surrounding the proper use and selection of juvenile products.
This September, JPMA is providing valuable information for keeping babies safe in the car by helping educate parents and caregivers on the safe selection and use of child restraint seats.
This important responsibility starts with selecting a child car seat and using it properly, from the first time you bring your baby home to every subsequent car. Laws that require the use of a car seat are in effect in all 50 states. Every car seat manufactured today must be designed to meet stringent safety standards set by the Federal government. In fact, child restraints sold in the United States are required to meet the exact performance standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and must be certified by their manufacturers as compliant before they can be offered for sale.
JPMA proudly supports National Seat Check Saturday (September 20, 2008) as National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 21- 27, 2008) kicks off. These NHTSA-sponsored events remind parents and caregivers to employ a child safety seat in the back seat of their vehicles, and to restrain children properly with respect to their size, weight, and age. To find an inspection station in your area, visit NHTSA's Child Safety Seat Inspection Station Locator at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm.
Tony DeSimone, JPMA Chairman, said, "With more options available than ever before, there is quite a bit to consider when choosing a car seat best suited for you, your baby and your vehicle. This year's Baby Safety Month campaign provides insight into selecting and using the right car seat to make every car ride with your little one enjoyable."
Baby Safety Month began in 1983 when JPMA started "Expectant Mother's Day." In 1986, it was extended to a weeklong celebration in 1986, and in 1991 JPMA sponsored the first "Baby Safety Awareness Month." These days, every September has been designated as Baby Safety Month.
For more information on JPMA, Baby Safety Month or to order the Safe and Sound for Baby brochure, contact JPMA at 856-638-0420 or visit http://www.jpma.org.
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