TUCSON, Ariz., June 28, 2012 – With motor vehicle crashes the number one cause of injuries and death for children under the age of 14, car safety experts are offering complimentary education classes and car seats starting July 9.
The twice-monthly Ride Safe Kids classes are being sponsored through a new partnership between GEICO and Safe Kids Tucson. Car seats will be awarded to families upon completion of a 90-minute family auto safety class.
Pre-registration for the classes is required, since class sizes are capped at 18. Call 520-546-7340 to reserve a spot and to share your child’s age and weight to ensure the right car seat is reserved for your family.
“If parents are wondering if their child is riding safely in the proper car seat, this class will answer their questions,” said Safe Kids Tucson coordinator Yomaira Diaz.
Diaz said car seats reduce fatal injury by more than 70 percent for infants and by 54 percent for children through age 4.
“It is important to remember that the best car seat is the one that correctly fits the child and the vehicle, and is used correctly every time,” she said.
“We think parents are very eager to know how to keep their children safe in their car seats,” said Martha Furnas, GEICO’s regional vice president. “We're happy to partner with Safe Kids Tucson to teach families about properly installing car seats. Together, we can help keep kids safe.”
Classes on the second Monday of the month, starting July 9 and August 13, will be held at GEICO’s Tucson office, located at 930 N. Finance Center Drive, near Speedway and Kolb, at 6:30 p.m.
Classes on the fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning July 25 and August 22, will be held at Apollo Middle School, 265 W. Nebraska St., near Irvington Road and Nebraska, at 6:30 p.m.
The schedule of classes on the second Monday and fourth Wednesday of every month continues through June 2013.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 11 million private passenger customers and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.