Booster Seat Giveaway!

AKRON, OHIO (WOIO) - Technicians at Goodyear Automotive Service Center outlets in the Akron area routinely perform vehicle inspections and install components such as brake pads, struts and tires.

In June, they will provide a different type of automotive component - child car seats.

Goodyear's local company-owned stores and some independently-operated Goodyear dealerships will join with Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County and Akron Children's Hospital for a "Car Seat Giveaway" on June 18. Nine Goodyear stores in the greater Akron area will each give away a maximum of 100 child booster seats to families of young children from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Beginning Oct. 7, Ohio children ages 4 to 7 and shorter than 4'9", are required to be in the back seat of a car in a federally-approved booster seat.

At the June 18 event, a Goodyear store technician will check the vehicle's tire pressure and hand out "goody bags" containing store promotions and child safety information.  Representatives from the Safe Kids Coalition will share with parents and caregivers how to properly install booster seats in a vehicle and offer tips for keeping children safe when in and around cars.

"Goodyear stores and dealers are part of the community," said Faith Stewart, director of community affairs for Goodyear. "In addition to providing professional automotive services, they often are involved in the sponsorship of youth sports programs, community festivals and other such activities. "This booster seat giveaway is just another example of that community involvement."

The give-way event will be helpful in creating awareness for the new law and getting booster seats into the hands of parents who otherwise may not be able to afford them, said Lisa Pardi, MSN, RN, injury prevention coordinator for Akron Children's Hospital and coordinator of Safe Kids Summit County.

"This law is a great step forward for the safety of Ohio's children," said Pardi. "But we have to get the word out and educate as many parents as possible about the importance of booster seats. Goodyear is providing a great community service with this event."

Participating outlets include:

Goodyear Auto Service Center
438 Summit Mall
Akron, OH  44333

Goodyear Auto Service Center
1800 Buchholzer Blvd.
Akron, OH  44310

Goodyear Auto Service Center
90 Graham Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH  44223

Goodyear Auto Service Center
3453 S. Arlington Road
Akron, OH  44312

Goodyear Auto Service Center
4455 Kent Road
Stow, OH  44224

Enger Auto Service & Tire
449 E. Waterloo Road
Akron, OH  44319

Enger Tire Center
2419 Romig Road
Akron, OH  44320

Parrish-McIntyre Tire Company
1725 East Market St.
Akron, OH  44305

Tire Source Montrose
3631 Brookwall Drive
Fairlawn, OH  44333