SOCORRO, N.M. – On Saturday April 23, Soccoro General Hospital (SGH), Safer New Mexico Now, and the New Mexico State Police hosted a Child Safety Seat Clinic as part of Soccoro Family Fun Fest. Parents brought their cars, children, and car seats for inspection to the SGH Child Safety Seat Inspection site, where trained technicians and volunteers made sure that the car seats were installed properly. For new or expectant parents, they also provided guidance in child car seat selection and installation for newborns.
“Statistics show that correctly installed car seats save lives,” said Elizabeth Beers, director of community based programs, Socorro General Hospital. “Collaborative community efforts like this are vital to the health and safety of our children. We are grateful for our sponsors Safer New Mexico Now, New Mexico State Police, and our local volunteers. This clinic would not have been possible without their hard work and dedication.”
Ninety-six percent of the car seats were improperly installed. Out of twenty-seven car seats inspected, only one was correctly installed. In addition, the SGH auxiliary – a volunteer organization dedicated to serving the hospital, its patients, and the community – donated $1,000 to provide new car seats. Fourteen seats were distributed.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children; many of the fatalities are due to being unrestrained or improperly restrained in car seats, boosters or with seat belts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the proper use of child safety seats in passenger cars reduces fatal injuries by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.
The event was held in honor of all children in the Socorro community who have been injured or who have passed away from injuries resulting from not having or being improperly placed in a child safety seat. SGH, Safer New Mexico Now, and the New Mexico State Police hope to make the Child Safety Seat Clinic an annual event.
About Socorro General Hospital
Socorro General Hospital has been owned and managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1976. Socorro General Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, a primary care and specialty clinic, community-based programs and home healthcare and hospice services in Socorro County. Socorro General Hospital is one of eight hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.