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The USAA Foundation Partners with Memorial Hospital To Keep Children Safe on the Roads - 2/14/05

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 60,000 children younger than five years of age were killed or injured in car crashes in 2002. Eighty percent of these deaths could be prevented if child safety seats and booster seats were used.

Responding to this critical need, The USAA Foundation, a Charitable Trust, contributed $20,000 to Memorial Hospital to donate child safety seats to families lacking the resources to purchase their own. Safety seats will be provided to families whose children are treated at Memorial for motor vehicle crash injuries—children like Alexa. Four-year-old Alexa and her family can personally attest to the importance of child safety seats. Alexa was securely buckled in her family’s car when their vehicle was struck by another automobile traveling at 55 miles per hour. Alexa survived the accident without serious injury, but other family members were not as fortunate—some sustaining serious injuries. Child safety seats will also be given to families whose babies are born at Memorial, as well as children treated in the pediatric and pediatric intensive care units. Families will be screened for financial need.

“The simple message is that safety seats save children’s lives, and we hope parents will make sure to buckle up their children every time they travel in a vehicle,” says Kelli Romp, injury prevention specialist at Memorial Hospital. Memorial’s emergency department sees a significant number of children each year resulting from automobile accidents, and safety experts emphasize that child safety seats involved in auto collisions should be immediately replaced. Thanks to The USAA Foundation’s contribution to Memorial, affected families will be provided a new car seat or booster seat for their children’s continued wellbeing.