MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new pilot project at Regions Hospital will address the leading cause of childhood fatality and injuries: car crashes.

Using a $150,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety or Traffic Safety, the hospital will now offer one-on-one car seat consultations to parents discharged from the delivery room. The service will also be offered to pediatric emergency room patients admitted as a result of a car crash.

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Data shows up to 70% of parents do not install their child safety seat correctly or properly secure their child when placing them in their car seat.

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“Just how breastfeeding education is standard of care for new moms, we want to make car seat education standard too,” said Shonette Doggett, Regions Hospital injury prevention program supervisor.

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The car seat consultation will consist of hands-on instruction, ensuring parents continue to properly secure their child in age-appropriate car seats.