Preston GM gives parents a course on buckling up their babies

Preston GM gives parents a course on buckling up their babies

LANGLEY — Kids are going to be a lot safer in cars, thanks to an initiative that ensures car seats are properly installed in vehicles.

On Sunday, members of the Chevrolet Safe & Sure program and injury prevention group Parachute Canada stopped by Preston GM – just across the Surrey border into Langley – to demonstrate how to securely install rear-facing, forward-facing and booster car seats into all types of vehicles, including sedans, vans, SUVs and trucks. They also provided free advice to parents on when to upgrade their car seats until their child is ready for their vehicles’ seatbelts.

"It’s a real safety issue," said Dana Remedios, a representative for the Safe & Sure program. "The leading killer of people under the age of 25 in North America is car accidents."

Remedios noted that about 80 per cent of car seats are not installed properly, though it’s not simply because of the manner in which the seat is installed.

"Sometimes people are using the wrong size or seat style for either their child or for their car," she said.

Over the course of the day, a team of experts showed dozens of parents how to buckled in their children correctly. Parents had the chance to watch instructors install the seats, then were given handson guidance on how to do it themselves. Remedios noted that many parents have done their research on car seats, but said that not all sources are accurate or have the most up-todate methods for securing children. By having demonstrations such as the Safe & Sure program, parents are educated on what the latest tried-andtrue practices are with car seats.

"It’s free expert advice on installing car seats in any make or model of vehicle," said Remedios. "Although it’s a Chevrolet initiative, for Chevrolet, it was really important that it doesn’t matter what you drive -we want to help keep kids safe."

The Safe & Sure program is visiting numerous car dealerships throughout the Lower Mainland over the summer, including a return visit to Preston GM. To find out when they might be in your area, check safeandsure.ca.