(ED HILLE / Staff Photographer) By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: March 24, 2014 Latrice Wiles’ children have learned that resistance is futile. No amount of whining, howling, or anguished pleas will persuade her to shift into drive unless they are all properly strapped into their car or booster seats. Before she hears the buckles click, her three-month-old daughter, Kylah, “will cry, cry, cry, but I’m not taking her out,” said Wiles, a full-time homemaker and mother of four in Germantown. “Anything can happen.” She was speaking from experience. Twenty years ago, on a snowy day around Christmas, her cousin went for a short car trip and allowed the child’s grandmother to hold the child. The car was rear-ended. The baby was thrown through the windshield and died. Over the last ten years, the number of children dying in car crashes has fallen by about half, according to a February report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Government safety agency missed Cobalt clues
Its larger sibling, the 2014 Mazda6, was also awarded five stars. Almost receiving a perfect score, the Mazda3 (sedan) received five stars in NHTSA’s frontal and side impact tests. Four stars were only given in the rollover test, in which the NHTSA reports there is a 10.5-per cent risk of a rollover. The Mazda6 also got five stars in the side impact test, though it only got four stars for the way it performed in the full frontal collision and rollover tests. Compared with the previous generation, the 2014 Mazdas stepped it up. The 2013 Mazda3 earned a four-star overall NHTSA safety rating, with three stars in the side crash. The same goes for the Mazda6 the mid-size sedan earned four stars in the overall rating and three stars in the frontal crash test. Standard safety features in both vehicles include six airbags, whiplash-reducing front headrests, brake assist, daytime running lights, hill assist, collapsible steering wheel and many more. The 2014 Mazda6 equipped with an automatic transmission, come standard with a rearview camera, while blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on Touring models equipped with Smart City Brake Control. The aforementioned safety features can likely take credit for the 2014 Mazda6’s high placement on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) top list, as the midsize sedan was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The six received “good” ratings on the frontal moderate overlap, side, roof, and head restraint tests, while it achieved an “acceptable” rating in the small overlap test.
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Car Seat Safety Guide
Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there. Seatcheck SeatCheck is a national campaign to help parents properly secure their children in motor vehicles. Central to the program is a free child safety seat inspection locator service which is available online and toll-free at 1-866-SEAT-CHECK. Parents should expect the following upon arrival of a car seat inspection: – Check the child safety seat to see that it has been properly installed – Remove and inspect the child safety seat for damage – Diagnose problems – Ensure the child safety seat is not a recalled model – Get information about children riders from the vehicle owner (size and weight of child, etc.) – Ensure the child safety seat is appropriate for the size and age of the child – Teach the vehicle owner the correct procedure to properly and safely install the child safety seat in his vehicle – Discuss other vehicles and child safety seats they own, and provide instructions to repeat the correct procedure with other seats or when installing the seat in other cars. The City of Atlanta Fire Department has 33 fitting stations located throughout the city open seven days per week from 8:00a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Each fitting station has a certified child safety seat technician on staff. Car seat hot line: (404) 546-4444 Car Seat 101 Class http://www.dekalbhealth.net/hap/oip/car-seat-101-class/ This class is designed to teach DeKalb County parents, grandparents and caregivers how to properly install a child safety seat, including booster seats. Participants learn about the current Georgia Child Passenger Safety Law, choosing the right car seat for your children, motor vehicle safety information and much more. Cost of the class is $10 for parents who are receiving WIC, Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids. Please bring your assistance card at the time of the class. YOU MUST BE A RESIDENT OF DEKALB COUNTY TO PARTICIPATE.
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Phoenix to host bike, car-seat safety events
The well-visits monitor your health and prevent illness. You should consider similar checkups for your car. During a regular vehicle maintenance visit, a car care professional will inspect the battery, brake and cooling systems, engine oil and filter, wheels, tires and more. They will provide guidance on what should be repaired or replaced and when. You may find that a small, less expensive repair made now will prevent a bigger hit to your wallet later and keep your car running longer. Good food and exercise After preventive and necessary care, similar to a person, tending to your car comes down to feeding it, cleaning it and making sure it gets enough exercise. Your vehicle requires fuel to properly run. Some vehicles call for specific grades or types of fuel to operate at an optimal level.
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Car lovers: Take care of your four-wheeled family member
A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Phoenix to host bike, car-seat safety events Brenda Carrasco, The Republic | azcentral.com 4:41 p.m. MST March 26, 2014 Certified car-seat technicians will be installing car seats and educating parents on how to help keep children as safe at a Car Seat Installation event. (Photo: Thinkstock) Story Highlights Children ages 5 through 15 can learn about the rules of the road, crosswalks, bike maintenance and possible dangers at three Bike Rodeo events Certified car-seat technicians will be installing car seats and educating parents on how to help keep children as safe at a Car Seat Installation even SHARE 3 CONNECT 4 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE The city of Phoenix will be working alongside the Phoenix police and fire departments to educate the community on bike and car-seat safety at several public events on Saturday. Children ages 5 through 15 can learn about the rules of the road, crosswalks, bike maintenance and possible dangers at three Bike Rodeo events, which will include instruction on helmet safety and free helmets for those in need. Certified car-seat technicians will be installing car seats and educating parents on how to help keep children as safe at a Car Seat Installation event. Event locations and times are as follows: Bike Rodeo, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m Saturday at Sweetwater Park, 44th Street and Paradise Village Parkway. Combined Car Seat & Bike Rodeo event, 11:30 a.m.
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But one in 100,000 is really tough.” That’s no comfort to victims or current Cobalt owners like Penny Brooks. Brooks feels betrayed by GM and by the government. She bought a used 2005 Cobalt, with 40,000 miles on it, five years ago. Last year, her husband was driving about 60 mph when the engine suddenly stalled. They made it safely to the side of the road and took the car to a mechanic, who could find nothing wrong. Since then, the car has stalled two more times when Brooks hit bumps in the road that caused the ignition to slip out of the run position. “Nobody should have to sit there and pray, ‘Keep me safe until I get back home,'” said Brooks, a licensed cosmetologist from Kingsport, Tenn. She filed a complaint on NHTSA’s website last year and says she even wrote a letter to GM’s then-CEO, Dan Akerson, but got no responses.
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