The GEICO Gecko Partners with Safe Kids Tucson to Bring Car Seats and Education

With motor vehicle accidents the No. 1 killer of children under the age of 14, car safety experts are offering complimentary education classes and car seats starting July 9. The twice-monthly Ride Safe Kids classes are being sponsored through a new partnership between GEICO and Safe Kids Tucson. Car seats will be awarded to families upon completion of the 90-minute class. “If parents are wondering if their child is riding safely in the proper car seat, this class will answer their questions,” said Safe Kids Tucson coordinator Yomaira Diaz. Diaz said car seats reduce fatal injury by more than 70 percent for infants and by 54 percent for children through age 4. “It is important to remember that the best car seat is the one that correctly fits the child and the vehicle, and is used correctly every time,” she said.

Classes on the second Monday of the month, starting July 9 and August 13, will be held at GEICO’s Tucson office, located at 930 N. Finance Center Drive, near Speedway and Kolb, at 6:30 p.m. Classes on the fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning July 25 and August 22, will be held at Apollo Middle School, 265 W. Nebraska St., near Irvington Road and Nebraska, at 6:30 p.m.

“We think parents are very eager to know how to keep their children safe in their car seats,” said Martha Furnas, GEICO’s regional vice president. “We’re happy to partner with Safe Kids Tucson to teach families about properly installing car seats. Together, we can help keep kids safe.”

The schedule of classes on the second Monday and fourth Wednesday of every month continues through June 2013.

Pre-registration for the classes is required, since class sizes are capped at 18. Call 546-7340 to reserve a spot and to share your child’s age and weight to ensure we reserve the right car seat for your family.

TMC for Children is a proud lead partner for Safe Kids Tucson.
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