Northwest NEWS

January 14, 2002


AAA offers $5 bounty for unsafe car seats

AAA Washington, in partnership with American Commerce Insurance Company, is offering a "bounty" of $5 for no-longer-safe child car seats and booster seats turned in at AAA's 13 service Center locations during the month of January.
   No-Longer-Safe car seats and booster seats can compromise a child's safety in the event of a crash.
   Many no-longer-safe car seats and booster seats are bought and sold at garage sales, given to friends or family as hand-me-downs, or given to charities for resale by people who don't know the seats are no longer safe.
   What makes a car seat no longer safe?
   A seat is no longer safe if it has already protected a child in a car crash; is more than 6 years old; is missing critical parts and pieces (such as pad, harness, buckle, etc.) that can no longer be replaced by the manufacturer; is listed on the recall/defect list as needing to be destroyed because the seat has been recalled and recalled parts are no longer available from the manufacturer.
   Recipients of a AAA "bounty" have the option of donating their $5 reward to the Safety Restrain Coalition for the purchase of car seats and booster seats for needy families in Washington.
   Area AAA Washington Service Centers for seat drop-offs include Bellevue, Everett or Lynnwood. Hours for car seat collection are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For addresses and additional drop-off locations, visit or call 1-800-BUCK-L-UP.
   Seats collected will be destroyed at a car seat crush during National Child Passenger Safety Awareness week, Feb. 10-16.