GM and Safe Kids Worldwide Celebrate 15 Years of the Buckle Up Program

Hey Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine Chevrolet owners, isn’t it great to know that you’re automobile manufacturer truly cares about you and your families safety? For a while now, I’ve been trying to share as much info as possible about the General Motors Foundation and their efforts to make a difference and here’s another one.

In mid September, the General Motors Foundation and Safe Kids Worldwide celebrated 15 years of the Buckle Up program that has helped reached millions of parents and their teens during this rapid evolution of auto safety technology.

Originally, the program was focused on child safety seat checks at local GM dealerships, but has grown over the past 15 years to address child safety in and around vehicles all together. According to a GM press release, certified experts at nearly 80,000 car seat checks have inspected more than 1.5 million car seats for proper installation and more than 550,000 car seats have gone to at-risk families, many at no cost through the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza. Overall, more than 22 million people have been exposed to the program’s events and outreach activities.

The Buckle Up program also includes:

  • 118 mobile child safety vans, completely equipped to conduct child passenger safety events;
  • 500 permanent child safety seat inspection stations, including at GM dealerships;
  • Spot the Tot and Never Leave Your Child Alone, programs aimed at preventing fatalities and injuries to children in and around vehicles;
  • Safest Generation (for kids 11 and 12) and Countdown2Drive (ages 13 and 14) to address the needs of older children and their families; and
  • Activities that advocate for stronger state child passenger safety laws.

Kate Carr, Safe Kids President and CEO, said “The GM Foundation’s 15-year commitment to Safe Kids Buckle Up is a sterling example of corporate social responsibility at its best. There is no doubt that countless child fatalities and injuries have been prevented as a result of this partnership and the GM Foundation’s long-term dedication to it.”

During this year’s Child Passenger Safety Week, the GM Foundation and GM asked every parent to take 15 minutes for an at-home child safety seat checkup using the Safe Kids downloadable checklist. Even though Child Passenger Safety Week has already passed, you can still do your part and download this checklist if you are driving around the DFW metroplex with a young one in your new or used Chevrolet.

Stay tuned for more information about the General Motors Foundation and it’s attempts to make our lives safer.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

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