Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18th – 24th
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the United States, yet in most cases, child passenger injury and death could be prevented with education, proper use of child restraints and booster seats.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 59 percent of car seats are misused. To help combat this issue, Eastside Baby Corner is participating in Child Passenger Safety Week, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible; every trip, every time. Child Passenger Safety Week runs September 18th – 24th and is sponsored by the NHTSA.
Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) gives out an average of 30 car seats each week and most of these car seats are brand new. The car seats are purchased in bulk, ensuring the best prices. We do accept car seats within one year of the expiration date, as long as they are not on recall or have been in an accident. All car seats are inspected before distribution. We are also very fortunate to have two certified car seat technicians on staff at EBC as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Cori Benson and Wanda Yamashita successfully completed all requirements to become Child Passenger Safety Technicians as part of the NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Training Program through Safe Kids Worldwide.
Always remember to register your car seat and booster seat with the car seat manufacturer so you can be notified in the event of a recall. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety and locate a certified technician at www.safercar.gov/parents.
Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon
Twenty-five years ago, Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC). A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well child care, newborn care and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors. In 1990, Karen founded Eastside Baby Corner to fill an unmet need of parents of newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.
She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the EBC Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni. Karen was a key player in the development of the Issaquah Community Center and has been a tireless contributor to many volunteer efforts over the years including scouting, the public schools, and her church. Karen is the mother of three children and a proud resident of Issaquah, where she lives with her husband.Meet Our Board of Directors and Leadership