You know your child’s old car seat that’s been sitting in your garage collecting dust because – quite frankly – you don’t know what to do with it? Just tossing it in a dumpster seems wasteful. Trying to sell it isn’t the answer either since both buying and selling secondhand seats is considered an unethical no-no, as child safety experts will tell you, because it’s impossible to know the history of the seat and whether it’s been in a crash.
Tucson Medical Center, the proud lead agency for Safe Kids Pima County (SKPC), is teaming up with the University of Arizona’s Enactus Club to give those seats a purpose. You’re invited to bring any unwanted or expired seats to TMC.
That seat could make a life or death difference for a child who would otherwise ride unrestrained in Mexico. It’s not uncommon to see a mother holding an infant on her lap in a vehicle, or see unrestrained kids bouncing around the back seat south of the border. In the Mexican state of Sonora, for example, an estimated 13 percent of babies and small children use car seats. In Arizona, that number is closer to 90 percent.