Indianapolis, IN - Jan. 18, 2013 - AAA Hoosier Motor Club announced the launch of a new program today that will allow AAA members to temporarily borrow child safety seats from their nearest Club service center.
The complimentary service is in addition to the Club’s ongoing car seat inspection and installation program.
“For those who have friends or family members with children coming in for a visit, this will be a great alternative to having to actually purchase a new car seat for short-term use,” said Greg Seiter, public affairs manager for AAA Hoosier Motor Club. “Best of all, they’ll have the comfort of knowing the seat was installed by a certified car seat technician.”
AAA Hoosier Motor Club rolled out its complimentary car seat inspection and installation program, through which nationally-certified child passenger safety seat technicians in all branch offices are available, by appointment only, to check and assist families with the installation of their car seats, in 2002. Since that time, Club-affiliated technicians have inspected 10,043 seats including 593 in 2012.
The new Car Seat Loaner Program will provide any AAA member with a chance to borrow an age and weight-appropriate child safety seat for up to two weeks. Aside from calling in advance to schedule an appointment, those interested in utilizing the program must only fill out the appropriate paperwork at whichever Hoosier Motor Club office they’re borrowing from and show proof of AAA membership.
Once those steps have been completed, a certified Club technician will provide installation and care instructions and will then actually install the borrowed seat, or seats, in the intended vehicle.
Available options include convertible seats, boosters and forward-facing only seats with harnesses to accommodate those above 40 pounds.
All seats must be returned in “like new” condition to the same office they were initially borrowed from.
Once a given seat has been returned, it will be cleaned and sanitized prior to being made available to another AAA member.
Car Seat Safety
Sadly, automobile crashes continue to be the No. 1 cause of unintentional deaths in children. In fact, 70,000 children are injured and 850 die annually in automobile crashes.
Car seats have been shown to reduce injuries by 70 percent and deaths by 90 percent.
AAA continues to emphasize the fact that the back seat of a given vehicle is the safest place for any child to ride and that a rear-facing child restraint–an infant seat–should NEVER sit in the front seat of any vehicle that has an active air bag.