Marilyn Buskohl
Public Affairs Director
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Sept. 24 – To mark the start of Child Passenger Safety Week, AAA offers motorists ten ways to child-proof their vehicles to keep children safe:

  • Secure loose items – Things such as purses, briefcases, laptop computers, CDs and umbrellas can become unintentionally-flying objects in the event of a sudden stop or crash. An airborne ten-pound laptop bag can exert 300 pounds of force in a 30 mile per hour collision.
  • Use child locks – Be sure to engage child safety locks on vehicle doors to keep children from opening them while the vehicle is in motion. 
  • Use the right safety restraint – Always use the safety restraint system appropriate for a child’s age, height and weight. There are four stages of safety restraint systems:
    • Stage 1: Rear-facing child safety seat
    • Stage 2: Forward-facing child safety seat
    • Stage 3: Booster seat
    • Stage 4: Lap and shoulder belts


Assistance in identifying the correct safety restraint for a child based on age, height and weight is available at

  • Install seat correctly – Three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When installing a safety seat, be sure to read the installation instructions thoroughly.


When installing a child safety seat with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), be sure to buckle the unused seat belt prior to installing the safety seat to prevent possible strangulation. Do not install the seat using LATCH and the seat belt together.

  • Position away from air bags – Until age 13, all children should be seated in the backseat away from side-impact airbags. A child who is leaning or resting his or her head against the airbag when it is deployed could be seriously injured.
  • Entertain with soft toys – Hard toys can become dangerous projectiles during a sudden stop or crash. They also can be harmful to other vehicle occupants if thrown by the child while playing. 
  • Secure unused safety seats – Booster seats and car seats should be buckled up when not in use to avoid becoming airborne during a sudden stop or crash. Unused LATCH and tether attachments from safety seats should also be secured.
  • Avoid non-regulated products – Do not use any non-regulated products, such as mirrors, window covers, harness covers or extra padding, that are not recommended by your child safety seat manufacturer. These products or add-on accessories may cause injury to children or other occupants during a crash.
  • Lock parked vehicles’ doors and trunks – To eliminate the risk of children climbing into a parked vehicle, keep doors, trunks and hatchbacks locked and keys out of reach. Children should be taught that vehicles are not a place to play.
  • Adult supervision – One of the best ways to child-proof a vehicle is to always have an adult on hand to supervise children who are in or around vehicles. Children should never be left unattended in a vehicle—with or without the engine running.


Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 2 to 14 and the leading cause of injury-related death for children under the age of 2, according to NHTSA.








TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

View a slideshow from the event

This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA

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