For Immediate Release
March 20, 2001

Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2215


(Brampton) - Ensuring child passenger safety is a concern for every parent and caregiver.

"Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death for children," says Dr. David McKeown, Peel's Medical Officer of Health. "Parents and caregivers can reduce the risk by taking a few simple precautions."

Tips to keep your children safe:

Transport Canada recommends that the safest place for children aged 12 or under is the back seat of your vehicle. They are as far away as possible from the windshield and the dashboard in case of a front-end collision. They are also farther away from the front seat air bag, which can inflate during a collision and cause serious injury to a child.

For more information on child passenger safety and upcoming car seat safety clinics, contact Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700. Caledon residents call toll free at 1-888-919-7800.

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Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
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