By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: January 2019
Fixed Operations Director Colby Ballou and Service Manager Weston Adams have teamed up with Safe Kids Tulsa for child seat safety clinics.
Colby Ballou, Fixed Operations Director at South Pointe Chevrolet, has announced that the company’s service department will feature a series of Child Safety Seat events throughout 2019. The quarterly clinics are scheduled for Saturday, February 16, May 18, August 17 and November 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Events are held at South Pointe Chevrolet service bay and are conducted by safety experts representing Safe Kids Tulsa. Admission is free and open to anyone with kids who want their child’s safety seat inspected. There will be door prizes including safety seats and more.
Safe Kids Worldwide was founded in 1988 by Martin R. Eichelberger, M.D. and Herta Feely, a public relations professional, at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. With others, they created the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, the only U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries. Today, Safe Kids works around the world to reduce traffic injuries and more. Since inception, there has been a 60 percent decrease in the unintentional injury rate among children 19 years and younger.
Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of injuries each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. South Pointe and Safe Kids Tulsa contribute to protecting our kids through safety clinics.
“Losing one child is one too many,” says Ballou. “We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child. Our hope is to raise awareness of improperly installed or ineffective car seats that may be risking the life or injury to a child. At our clinics, parents learn if their child’s safety seat is installed correctly and if it’s the proper style and size to offer full protection at the child’s current age. We strive to raise safety awareness and, hopefully, influence moms and dads to attend one of our clinics. It’s a simple decision any parent can make, it only takes a few minutes of your time and it could possibly save a child’s life.”
For information on determining the safety seat that’s right for your child, visit www.safercar.gov/therightseat. This website provides an easy-to-use tool that lets you compare seats to direct you to the one that’s best for your child. You’ll be asked to provide your child’s age, height, and weight prior to being shown seat types that will best protect your child.
The service department includes Colby Ballou, Service Director Wes Adams, six service advisors and 16 master technicians. They are also tire specialists carrying most major brands. “We probably have the largest tire inventory of any Tulsa area Chevy dealer,” added Ballou, “but, if we don’t have the tire you need, we can usually get same-day or next-day delivery. We also offer a price-match guarantee and up to $200 off your purchase when you order four tires. Basically, you purchase three tires and get the fourth free.”
South Pointe offers the GM BuyPower Card, a credit card that helps you get your next new car. Cardholders are rewarded with Earnings on every purchase they make, redeemable toward the purchase of a new Chevrolet or other GMC vehicle. Get full details of this program at the dealership.
“We’re committed to the safety of you and your family,” assures Ballou. “Everything we do in our service department is related to keeping your vehicle running smoothly and safely. Come in the next time you need servicing or manufacturer recommended maintenance. And please, accept our invitation to attend one of our quarterly child safety seat clinics. We think you’ll be pleased with the way we treat customers.”
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.
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