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University Medical Center is partnering with caretakers through the South Plains to provide a free car seat and training class to keep children safe on the road.

UMC said in a news release that over 700 children are injured due to vehicle accidents, and out of those accidents, 75% had their car seats installed incorrectly.

UMC Trauma & Burn Services is offering the Car Seat Safety Program, where any parent, caregiver, or expecting parent in the last trimester of pregnancy who needs a car seat can attend the class and receive a free car seat. The class is only one hour, and will take place on July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th and October 22nd.

UMC Trauma & Burn Services Program Coordinator Melissa Sickles said:

We are excited to support the community in this way. There are so many ways to prevent injuries to kids, especially young ones. A car accident at any speed can cause serious long-term consequences to an unrestrained child, resulting in serious harm or death. A properly installed and fitted car seat can be a lifesaving means of protection, but car seats can be costly. We have an opportunity to provide this resource to the community, to help keep children safe.

UMC Trauma & Burn Services also performs car seat check-ups to ensure that car seats are installed correctly. This is a free service.

To register for any of the aforementioned Car Seat Safety Classes, call 806-761-0660.

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