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Earth Day- Recycle Child Car Seats Program

Gayle Anderson was live in Redondo Beach for Earth Day activities to learn how to recycle child car seats.

Did you know? Motor vehicle crashes are the greatest cause of injury and death of children. Crash forces are very powerful. Every day in America, an average of 4 children are killed and 500 injured in motor vehicle crashes. 71% of kids who die would have lived if they had been properly buckled up. Safety seats save lives, but in order to protect children properly, child car seats must be in good condition. 

How do you know if your old child car safety seat or the “gently used” safety seat you acquired is still safe to use? 

A child safety seat should NOT be used if:
- It is toward the end of its useful life. All child safety seats have an “expiration date” stamped onto them. Do NOT use a child safety seat that is expired or over 10 years old.
- It has been involved in a crash. Vehicle insurers are required to replace any childsafetyseat that has been in a vehicle crash. 
- It is missing any parts, including the long instruction booklet, or has damage. 
- There is an unfixable recall on the safety seat. For a list of the most recent recalls and replacement parts, please visit SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

Remember, if it’s not safe for your child, it’s not safe for any child. Do your part to protect all children. Before donating your child safety seat, make sure to fill out the following form in order to certify that your used safety seat  is safe enough to use: Evaluation Form for Used Safety Seats.

 Did you know? By California law, retailers may not sell safety seats that do not conform to current federal safety standards. In addition, no person may sell a safety seat that was in use by a child in a crash.

 With 130,000 babies born in Los Angeles County each year, a huge number of old child safetyseats are dumped in the trash, when they should be recycled. By recycling child safety seats, you can help protect the environment and keep thousands of these safety seats out of local landfills.  

Thanks to the Child Safety Seat Recycling Project, organized by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., the Pomona Police Department, and TMC Horizon Inc. Recycling Center in Pomona, viewers can recycle old, damaged, or expired child safety seats, which may not provide the best protection to children during a crash and therefore, need to be destroyed rather than reused.

Recycle your old child safety seats! TMC Horizon, Inc. will collect old child safety seats through December 2012. Seats can be dropped off during their normal business hours. If you have 10 or more seats and are located within 40 miles of TMC, you can schedule a pick-up by calling (562) 692-2700. At least 90% of the car seats can be recycled, including the plastic, metal, and foam parts. Please remove the cloth cover and the harnass straps, if possible, before dropping off.

In addition, viewers can drop off car seats for recycling at the main entrance of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. For more information, call (323) 361-4697.

 The Family Resource Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach accepts child car seatsfor recycling on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (562) 933-9151.

SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. needs your help to create a county-wide education and recycling program for retired child safety seats! Please support their “Safe and Green” Facebook campaign to win a $25,000 grant that will help fund this education and recycling program. Help protect children and the environment by providing 10 votes through your Facebook account by clicking HERE and clicking on the “votes” link. Today is the last day to vote for the “Safe and Green” campaign. Public voting ends TONIGHT at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. 

Established in 1980, SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. is a national non-profit organization dedicated solely to child passenger safety.

For more information, contact:

SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
P.O. Box 553
Altadena, CA 91003
(310) 222-6860
(800) 745-SAFE
(800) 747-SANO (Spanish)

“Safe and Green” Facebook Campaign
Voting ends TONIGHT at 11:59:59 p.m. ET
Vote 10 times to help SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. create a county-wide education & recycling program for child safety seats in Los Angeles.

Child Safety Seat Recycling Drop-off Locations:

1) TMC Horizon Inc.
1315 East 4th Street
Pomona, CA
(562) 692-2700
Drop-off during business hours 

2) Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Injury Prevention Program
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 361-4697
Drop-off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the 1st Friday of the month

3) Family Resource Center
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806 
(562) 933-9151
(562) 933-9211 FAX
Drop-off recycling on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  

 If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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Gayle Anderson was live in Redondo Beach for Earth Day activities to learn how to recycle child car seats.

Gayle Anderson was live in Redondo Beach for Earth Day activities to learn how to recycle child car seats. She also learned what to look for in used car seats to make sure they are safe.

Gayle Anderson was live in Redondo Beach for Earth Day activities to learn how to recycle child car seats. Gayle talked with members of the ‘Safe and Green’ Facebook campaign on how to vote so they can win a $25,000 grant that will help fund this education and recycling program.

Gayle Anderson was live in Redondo Beach for Earth Day activities to learn how to recycle car seats. Each car seat has an expiration date that shows when it should stop being used.