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Safe Kids Day Alameda County - 2022

We're excited to share that our friends at Safe Kids Alameda County are holding a special giveaway event on June 25 where eligible* Alameda County residents can receive a free booster car seat. Quantities are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

During the Safe Kids Day Alameda County event, AAA and Safe Kids are providing 250 booster seats to qualifying families in Alameda County. 

Quantities are limited and distributed on a first come, first serve basis, based on order of registration. Click below to review eligibility requirements and register to attend this event!

*Booster seat eligibility criteria:
Families with a child/children five years or older, weighing between 50-100 pounds, can receive one seat per child, with a maximum of three seats per family. Children must live in Alameda County. Available while supplies last. Must register for and attend Safe Kids June 25, 2022 event during designated time to be eligible. Giveaway conducted by Safe Kids Alameda County, and not AAA Mountain West Group or GIG Car Share. Please contact Safe Kids if you have any questions.

Read on to learn more about the correct usage of car seats and booster seats! A big thanks to AAA for providing these great resources.

Transitioning to a Booster Seat from a Car Seat

Learn the signs to look for to know when it is time to move your child from a forward facing car seat to a booster seat. Watch the video below.

How to Use a Highback Booster Seat

This type of booster seat is designed to boost the child’s height so the seat belt fits properly. It also provides neck and head support and is ideal for vehicles that don’t have head rests or high seat backs. Learn more in the video below.

How to Use a Backless Booster Seat

A backless booster seat is designed to boost the child’s height so the seat belt fits properly. It does not provide head and neck support. It is ideal for vehicles that have head rests. Learn more in the video below.

Transitioning from a Booster Seat to a Seat Belt

One common mistake caregivers make is transitioning children out of a booster seat too soon. In fact, 1/3 of children prematurely transition to an adult seat belt. To maximize your child's safety, keep them in their proper car seat as long as possible. Using the correct car seat decreases the risk of injury in a crash by up to 82%, when compared to seat belt use alone. How do you know if your child is ready for an adult seat belt? Watch the video below to find out!

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