GM Donates $10,000 to EPIC Car Seat Safety Program

Buffalo, NY, January 11, 2018

EPIC – Every Person Influences Children is pleased to announce its new Car Seat Safety program presented by General Motors(GM) Tonawanda Engine Plant. Through this program EPIC provides FREE car seat safety classes and offers FREE car seat safety checks at its 1000 Main Street location. EPIC also provides classes and safety checks off-site at various community outreach events.

“Child safety seats saves hundreds of lives every day, but proper use is essential,” said Ram Ramanujam, plant manager – GM Tonawanda Engine Plant. “One simple step in keeping kids safe is to make sure your child is in the right seat for their age and size. By partnering with EPIC, our goal is to make sure car seats are used and installed correctly so that more kids in Western New York are protected every day.”

EPIC’s mission is to help families, schools and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults. EPIC provides research-based, evidence-informed year-round educational programming. The programs EPIC delivers are ever changing to stay abreast of the issues and challenges faced by parents (and society) in an effort to keep children healthy, happy, and safe.

Over the past couple years, through its work with clients, partnerships with fellow agencies and participation in community events, EPIC has witnessed the incredible need for safe care seats and car seat education to our most vulnerable parents. Many of the parents EPIC wants to help through the partnership with GM Tonawanda Engine Plant are economically disadvantaged and cannot afford a safe car seat. Many, if they have a car seat, purchase off of Craig’s List or at a garage sale or pull it out of a dumpster. Other parents EPIC hopes to reach, come from other countries and are unaware of the importance of using a car seat and how to properly install them. EPIC is also seeing parents transitioning their children from booster seats to just seat belts way too early. Additionally, families are unaware of the new rear-facing car seat law that has just been passed.

In the Spring 2017, select EPIC staff members attended and completed training in car seat safety and are now certified car seat technicians that can check and install car seats, as well as teach classes. They are also active members of SafeKids of WNY.

Through the partnership with GM Tonawanda Engine Plant, EPIC will actively and aggressively promote car seat safety through event participation with community partners (such as Catholic Health), serving as a car seat safety check site (appointment only), conducting car seat classes to its participants of their other programs such as Families in Transition (FIT), Incredible Years and Just for teens, and hosting at least three car seat safety events in 2018.

For more information, please contact Kristin Scholz at 716-332-4130.