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Fatal Pasadena Crash Highlights Lessons for Parents During Special Enforcement Period

The fatal crash Wednesday, in which an Altadena mother and her 9-year old daughter were killed and two younger children severely injured, marks a tragic wake-up call to parents, according to an Altadena-based non-profit.
“Our hearts go out to the family impacted by this crash,” said Stephanie Tombrello. “Unfortunately their story is all too common. Traffic collisions remain the number one cause of death and severe injury to children in our country. Safety Seat Checkup Week is all about getting parents’ attention to the risk that they run every day, and what they can do about it.”
To offer the best protection, parents should heed some key safety messages: All kids ride in the back seat, until age 15, as the back is 40% safer than the front; Use a booster seat until the child fits the safety belt properly – usually about 10-12 years old; Attach the top tether whenever using a forward-facing safety seat; Keep children rear-facing until at least age 2, or 30-35lbs.

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