MCALLEN — Over 100 expecting Valley moms are getting a treat today and tomorrow. These women are getting the gift of a free baby seat for the car.
"It's important to me because I am going to need it for when ever my baby is born. Right now I don't have a job or anything, and I don't know when I am going to be able to get one. Especially now that I am pregnant, I won't have the money to buy one, so it helps a lot," said Marivel Cibrian, Expecting Mother.
These seats are being donated to low income women by the Valley Automobile Dealers Association.
"The seats are not cheap, so we felt that this was just going to be a really good cause for the dealers in the valley to be able to pool together their resources, and be able to help the moms in need. If we can save one life, hey it's well worth it," said Ronnie Bernal, Frank Smith Toyota-Hyundai General Manager.
A 2011 TxDot study, looking at 14 cities across Texas, showed that 10.5 percent of all observed children riding in a car were unrestrained. The worst city for this was Brownsville.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor crashes are the leading cause of death for kids 14 and under. This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to have a child safety seat for a child under the age of 8 or shorter than the height of 4' 9'' inches tall.
Making sure the child is sitting in the right size seat for the child can save a life too.
"We know that child safety seats reduce the death of infants by 71 percent and by 54 percent for toddlers ages one to four," said Ruby Martinez, TxDot.
And for new mothers like Cibrian, safety for her newborn is at the top of her list.
"Oh real big, I need to make sure my baby is safe and I don't want anything to happen to him," said Cibrian.
To learn more about child safety seats and how to properly install them, visit http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/safety/kids-teens/safety-belts.html