GM China has collaborated with the Safe Kids Worldwide organization to start a vehicle safety program aimed at protecting and informing China’s youth, according to a press release.
The Safe Kids Safe Ride program started in June, and has already visited about 25 kindergartens throughout Shanghai, Beijing, and Xiamen. The volunteers’ latest visit was just earlier today, to the Shanghai New Century Kindergarten.
Volunteers for the program come from GM China, as well as Shanghai GM and Shanghai OnStar, and the group includes GM China’s President, Matt Tsien. The three points stressed by the volunteers as they travel from kindergarten to kindergarten are: always sit in a child safety seat, don’t play near vehicles, and don’t occupy a vehicle unattended.
Here in the US, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children and young teens; on the busy streets of China, it’s likely unsafe to assume that the gravity of vehicle accidents is any less. Hopefully, the more than 13,000 children expected to be reached by the GM China Safe Kids Safe Ride Program will prevent a substantial number of future tragedies.