Child Safety Seat Round-Up

Old, Used, Borrowed and Abused Child Safety Seat Round-Up serves to educate parents and caregivers about the possible dangers of using car seats that are over eight years old, have been purchased from a thrift store or yard sale, have parts missing, or have no traceable recall information.  For these reasons, people are urged to round-up their old safety seats and turn them in for a reward throughout the month of February.

To help keep our young children as safe as possible, Drive Safe Hampton Roads has partnered with Walmart, AAA Tidewater Virginia, Hoffman Beverage, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and Waste Management of Virginia, Inc. to conduct the OLD, USED, BORROWED AND ABUSED CHILD SAFETY SEAT ROUND-UP.

This legacy program began in the spring of 1989, joining forces with community partners to collect old, used and potentially unsafe child safety seats. There were 27 safety seats collected and crushed in the first Old, Used, Borrowed and Abused Child Safety Seat Round-up at what is now Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach.  Since the first Round-Up, over 18,000 seats have been removed from general circulation.

Waste Management recycles all the collected safety seats. Not only does recycling these seats eliminate the potential danger to children, but it also provides positive benefits to the community by utilizing a greener alternative for disposal.

Drive Safe Hampton Roads reminds parents and caregivers that Virginia law requires all children under the age of eight to be properly restrained in an approved Department of Transportation (DOT) child restraint.  This law applies to any driver, not just the parent or guardian, in any vehicle, on any highway in Virginia.  In addition, all children ages eight through seventeen years of age must be properly restrained in a safety belt while seated in any seating position in a vehicle.

For over 34 years,Drive Safe Hampton Roads has been dedicated to preventing crashes, injuries and fatalities on the region’s roadways.