Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older. Roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly, and securing children properly is the most effective thing that can be done to protect them in the event of a crash. SafeKids USA will host more than 300 car seat checkup events during National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18-24. Click here for the times and locations for these events.
In attendance at the Red CARpet Event were a group of honorary “Car Seat Ambassadors” – celeb moms who have shown their dedication to bettering the lives of children. These celebrities included: actress Ali Landry, actress and reality star Tori Spelling, Franklin and Bash’s Garcelle Beauvais, Entertainment Tonight’s Samantha Harris, Switched at Birth actress Constance Marie, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, the Nine Lives of Chloe King actress Alicia Coppola, and Greys Anatomy’s Sarah Drew.
Other celebrities who were in attendance were: White Collar’s Tiffani Thiessen, Entourage’s Constance Zimmer, Horrible Bosses actress Lindsay Sloane, Chuck actress Sarah Lancaster, Greys Anatomy’s Jessica Capshaw, The Practice’s Marla Sokoloff, Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Ian Ziering, Brothers and Sisters actress Isabella Rae Thomas, Boston Legal’s Marisa Coughlin, Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, The District’s Sean Patrick Thomas, The Ugly Truth actress Bree Turner, The Insider’s Brooke Anderson, The Young and the Restless actress Michelle Stafford, True Blood’s Brandon Molale, CSI’s Archie Kao, and General Hospital’s Christie Lynn Smith.
Many celebrity parents at the event took advantage of SafeKids USA’s on-site child passenger safety technicians: a team of nearly 15 installed new Britax car seats and boosters for guests, as well as education about the importance of car seat safety, proper installation, etc. Celebrities who took advantage of this service included Tori Spelling, who had her little one’s Liam and Stella by her side at the event, Garcelle Beauvais, who sported new seats for her twins, Samantha Harris, Constance Marie, Kyle Richards, and Sarah Drew, who got a seat installed for her soon-to-be born baby.
Inside the event, kids of all ages enjoyed: face painting, crafting, and wax hands, while their parents checked out the latest cars from Buick, Britax’s car seats and strollers, clothing from Children’s Place, and products from USANA, VTech Toys, Mabel’s Labels, Sensa, Nestle, among others.