Recently, Safe Kids Wisconsin held its first statewide car seat collection event. Our goal was to remove expired, recalled and damaged seats from circulation to ensure they aren’t used after purchasing at a rummage sale or picked up off the curb. And, it was a great opportunity for families to clean out their basements and garages to get rid of old car seats that were just too hard to throw in the trash. Some seats were older than 30 years old!
Together with local organizations and groups, we dismantled more than 1,000 seats! They were stripped of harnesses, fabric covers, screws, bolts and rivets – leaving a plastic shell. Most of the sites sent the plastic shells to be recycled. The metal is being recycled at local scrap salvages.
Nine Safe Kids Wisconsin coalitions and chapters throughout the state participated, including: Safe Kids Chippewa Valley, Safe Kids Madison Area, Safe Kids Fox Valley, Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin, Safe Kids La Crosse Coulee Region, Safe Kids Wausau Area, Safe Kids Wood County, Safe Kids Oconto County and Safe Kids Portage County.
Special thanks to Veolia Environmental Services and AAA Insurance for their support.
If you missed the event and you’ve got questions about your car seat, contact me.
Parents, have you had your car or booster seat checked by a certified car seat technician? One in five seats is not installed correctly. Visit safekidswi.org to find a car seat check event near you to make sure your child is riding safely.
– Libbe Slavin, coordinator, Safe Kids Wisconsin
A member of Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Wisconsin works to prevent accidental injuries, the leading cause of death among children 14 years of age and younger. The coalition combines the expertise of Safe Kids coalitions and chapters statewide to prevent childhood injuries through collaboration, education, policy and advocacy initiatives. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is its lead agency.