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The General Motors Foundation
The General Motors Foundation, General Motors and Safe Kids have partnered to protect children in and around cars since 1997, when the organizations created the Buckle Up program.
We have a number of great partners at NHTSA. But I can think of none that have been more steadfast and have had larger impacts than what the General Motors Foundation has done to support the Buckle Up program.
– David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Thanks to the dedication and commitment from the General Motors 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 15 years ago, every year almost 1,800 kids died in car crashes. Another 331,000 kids were injured. Today, the number of deaths has been cut by a third, and the number of injuries has been cut in half.
“The objective of the General Motors Foundation is to help strengthen communities across the United States. Our partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide aligns perfectly with our goals and we are elated that our success continues to grow in helping to protect children’s lives.” – Mike Robinson, Vice President, Sustainability & Global Regulatory Affairs, General Motors, and member of the GM Foundation Board of Directors.
While other programs dedicated to child passenger safety have come and gone, the General Motors Foundation is widely recognized for its continuing commitment and dedication to children and families.
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting education, health and human services, environment and energy, and community development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM.
General Motors is one of the world's largest automakers, employing people in every major region of the world and selling and servicing vehicles in more than 100 countries.