Local car seat safety program receives international attention

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Local and free child seat safety checks are getting international attention.

A couple times a year, Safe Kids Dauphin County, led by Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, holds child passenger safety certification classes.

“I learn a lot and I’m going to take home a lot,” said Ave-Dewn Elexender-Lewis, a student. “I have already messaged my friends and told that I am coming to fix those car seats.”

Elexender-Lewis was the first international student. She traveled all the way from Trinidad and Tobago to become a child passenger safety technician.

“We have the legislation for children supposed to be in car seats; their age, their height, everything,” Elexender-Lewis said. “It’s not really enforced.”

As a mom of two boys, she couldn’t stand idly by.

“I had this idea to learn about installation for car seats for other parents. I went online and I actually typed car seat installation certification and this came up,” Elexender-Lewis said.

She’s now certified.

“I really want to bring awareness back to my country and I really want to see parents take car seats seriously,” she said. “I am going to change the culture in an entire country.”

She hopes to also certify other technicians in her country.

The people in charge of the program were so impressed, they’re trying to partner with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to make that dream a reality.

“It’s very personal for me because protection for kids it’s very important. I mean, they are babies. That’s the future of the country. We need to keep them safe,” Elexender-Lewis said.

For more information on child passenger safety seat checks and certifications, visit http://www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-dauphin-county.

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