It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week

-Lawrence J.  Burns, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, President & CEO
-Ro Katrak, AAA-The Auto Club Group, Senior Vice President-Corporate Relations
-Joann Moss, Safe Kids of Michigan, Metro-Detroit Safe Kids Coordinator and Injury Prevention Education Coordinator
-40 Certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians
-Southeast parents/guardians/caregivers  with child passengers

As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week  (Sep 17-23), AAA is teaming up with its community partners to host Seat Check Saturday.  This is part of a national campaign to  encourage parents and caregivers to make sure children are riding safely and securely in a proper seat.  Adults with child passengers will be offered free seat checks by a certified technician. The child must be present at the seat check.  The event is open to the public.                                   

The event kicks off with a 10AM presentation of a $10,000 donation in the form of an oversized check from AAA to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.  This donation is part of AAA’s long-standing support of traffic safety and a  six-year tradition of supporting local efforts to fund child passenger safety programs as part of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan-DMC-Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program.

Saturday, September 23rd – 10am-1pm


 AAA – The Auto Club Group Headquarters
1 Auto Club Drive, Parking Lot Area, Dearborn, MI                                   

AAA and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all infants and toddlers ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.

Older children may also be at risk of injury if riding in the front seat before they are ready. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 60% of vehicle crashes are frontal impacts and 20% are side impacts. Children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat because they are typically not large enough to safely ride in the front seat and can be seriously injured by front passenger air bags in the event of a crash.

This is especially significant since the attached recent AAA Consumer PulseTM survey of Michigan parents revealed that 77% of parents allowed their child to sit in the front seat of a moving vehicle at age 12 or younger.  On a positive note, the study also revealed that close to 95% of parents are using a child safety seat for their young children.

AAA encourages adults to set a good example for children by buckling up every trip regardless of seat location. For more information on car seat safety, visit:



Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation To advance children’s health and wellness, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to the support and safekeeping of children’s health and wellness through fundraising, grant making, and advocacy. To learn more, please visit

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey was conducted online among residents living in Michigan from April 11-30, 2017. Approximately 227 parents with children under 12 years old completed the survey among the general population.  Survey results have a maximum margin of error of ± 6.5 percentage points. 

The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts.  It was established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose. Visit for more information. AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary – A Century of Service last year and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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