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Illinois Child Safety Seat Events: Keeping Kids Safe in Car Accidents

Did you know that car accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 12 in the United States? Or that 80 percent of child safety seats in Illinois are installed incorrectly? (Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, NHTSA) Combined, those two statistics are a recipe for deadly consequences in the event of a car accident. Fortunately, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 (Downers Grove, IL) recognized this danger in 2012 and started an event that helped reduce the risk of injury from car accidents through free child safety seat checks. The event is known as Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.). So successful were last year's events that the two organizations are teaming up again this summer to offer more safety seat events throughout Northern Illinois: Saturday, July 13: Discovery Center Museum, Rockford 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18: Jewel-Osco, Glendale Heights 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27: DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 3: IKEA Schaumburg 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21: Tollway Family Safety Fair, Downers Grove 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Not only are child safety seats an important way to protect kids in a car accident; they are also required in the state of Illinois.

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