Thanks to the dedication and commitment from the GM Foundation, the Buckle Up program has grown into the most comprehensive child passenger safety program in the nation. Its progress is measured by two things: lives saved and injuries prevented. When the program started in 1997, 6,576 kids ages 19 and under died in car crashes almost every year. Today, the number of deaths has been cut by more than half.Today, the number of deaths has been cut by more than half. The program has educated 29 million parents and caregivers on how to keep kids safe in and around cars. More than 2 million car seats have been inspected for proper installation and more than 700,000 car seats have been provided to at-risk families in the U.S.
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.