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Ali Landry Hosts Child Safety Event

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Model Ali Landry attends the 3rd annual red CARpet safety awareness event presented by Favored.by, Diono And Evenflo at the Skirball Cultural Center on September 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Favored.by)
Photograph by Getty Images for Favored.by

With motor vehicle crashes being the No. 1 cause of death among kids, model and mom Ali Landry wanted to educate parents on how best to protect their children.

That's why she created the Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event. The third annual incarnation took place this past Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

"When I met a mom whose son was ejected from a car and killed," Landry told mom.me via email, "the tragic story hit me so hard because that could have easily been me, so I decided to do something about it."

The mom of three and founder of the Favored.by app, which presented the event alongside Ford, Diono and Evenflo, has decided to raise awareness through this annual event to help prevent child passenger safety injuries. She's even become a certified car seat installation technician!

While Ford Motor Co. was on hand to showcase their rear inflatable safety belt system, other companies like Safety 1st and Baby Björn presented their latest-model car seats, baby carriers and other safety products to celebrity moms and dads, as well as local Southern California parents looking to learn more about how safety and baby gear mix.

"It's the one thing that I'm always freaked out about," Beverley Mitchell, "7th Heaven" alum and pregnant mom, told mom.me about car seat safety. "Is it too loose? Did I do this right? Did I screw it up? What did I do? So I think it's important to learn these things and to make sure the kiddos are safe."

Kids got in on the action, too, with a small racetrack set up at the event where parents could push their little ones around in mini Ford F-150 trucks from Step2.

In addition to kid gear, parents also have to think about their own gear—specifically mobile phones and how using them can lead to texting while driving.

How does Landry avoid texting while driving? Let's just say she gets a little help from her 7-year-old daughter Estela.

"Now my daughter also knows how unsafe it is to be on the phone while driving," Landry says, "and if she sees my husband or myself glancing at our phones, she calls us out."

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