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Wes Bender

Manager of Special Initiatives/Sponsor Relations

Wes has more than 25 years of educational experience, including 15 years at the University of Maryland teaching and coordinating EMS and injury prevention. He also has years of event/exhibit management experience, which makes him perfect for his job as a liaison to program partners, coordinating Safe Kids presence and messaging at national events and conferences. Based in the Los Angeles area, Wes is frequently called upon by Hollywood celebrities to assist with their child safety needs and concerns. “I love being part of the team that will make child safety a cause.”

Blogs by Wes Bender

booster seat safety

As a certified child passenger technician and instructor, working in injury prevention, I frequently hear this question. Not surprising, given tight household budgets and the constantly increasing costs of raising children.

First, let’s look at the things that rule out using secondhand seats, then we can better determine when it’s okay.