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The Drive Safe Hampton Roads Safety Seat Round-Up is Back in February

(Drive Safe Hampton Roads)

HAMPTON ROADS — Drive Safe Hampton Roads is teaming up with its community partners to help people “round-up” their old child safety seats and turn them in for a “reward” throughout February.

For more than 35 years, Drive Safe Hampton Roads (DSHR) has joined forces with Walmart, AAA Tidewater Virginia, Hoffman Beverage Co., Waste Management of Virginia, and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters to collect old, used and potentially unsafe child safety seats during the Child Safety Seat Round-Up program.

The program also serves to educate parents and caregivers about the possible dangers of using car seats past the date recommended by the manufacturer, using secondhand seats, and seats with missing parts or no traceable recall information, according to DSHR.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 863 children (aged 0-14) were killed in vehicle crashes in 2021 with 308 of them unrestrained, and there were 8,539 unrestrained injuries for this age group.

The goal for the Round-Up is to convince parents and caregivers to turn in old, used or potentially dangerous safety seats so they are not resold or given to unsuspecting parents or caregivers, DSHR said.

Walmart is providing a $5 Walmart gift card for each seat turned in, with a limit of two rewards per person. Safety seats can be dropped off at Walmart Supercenter select locations or at any of the eleven AAA Tidewater Virginia locations from Feb. 1–29.

All collected safety seats will be recycled by Waste Management of Virginia, Inc., which will also benefit the community by utilizing a “greener” alternative for disposal.

Drop-Off Locations:

Walmart Supercenters

  • 2448 Chesapeake Square Ring Road, Chesapeake
  • 201 Hillcrest Parkway, Chesapeake
  • 632 Grassfield Parkway, Chesapeake
  • 1170 North Military Highway, Norfolk
  • 7530 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk
  • 1098 Fredrick Blvd., Portsmouth
  • 6259 College Drive, Suffolk
  • 546 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach
  • 2021 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach
  • 1149 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach
  • 657 Phoenix Drive, Virginia Beach

AAA Tidewater Locations

  • 5366 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
  • 3352 Princess Anne Road, Ste. 919, Virginia Beach
  • 1424 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach
  • 111 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake
  • 1023 Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake
  • 330 W. 22nd St., Ste. 101, Norfolk
  • 5732 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk
  • 3529 Bridge Road, Suffolk
  • 1520 Aberdeen Road, Hampton
  • 733 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
  • 6517 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

For more information drivesafehr.org, call 757-498-2562 or email DSHR@drivesafehr.org

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