The birth of a baby ranks as one of the happiest moments for parents and their extended family as well. I don’t have a child of my own, but I know that when I do, I will be the most cautious person in every aspect of his/her life, especially when on the road. Mitsubishi Motors’ recently sponsored the “First Ride” event which provided New York City newborns a safe, free ride home from hospital. According to Jessica Robinson, Engineer, Vehicle Verification and Testing at Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Inc “Every day, thousands of newborns in New York City and around the nation leave hospitals in infant car seats and head home for the first, most important time.” “However, most people don’t realize that 73 percent of all child safety seats are not installed or used properly1 nor do they consider the safety of the actual car driving them home.”
Instead of making the journey home through the streets of New York City in a taxi – an experience that does not legally require a car seat – the parents participating in Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event opted for a ride home from the hospital with their new bundles of joy in a fully-equipped 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander – an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) highest-rated “Top Safety Pick+” vehicle piloted by professional drivers. Their touching personal stories have become a series of short web films that contrast the craziness of the streets of the big city, with the calm, precious moments shared between three newborns and their parents.
Here are a few touching videos from parents in New York City bringing their bundle of joy home for the first time. These videos really touched my heart, and hope they will do the same for you!
“When the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was named an IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ for the second year in a row, we were inspired to prove the benefits of riding in one of America’s safest crossover vehicles in a critically important way,” adds Robinson. “High vehicle safety ratings should be a priority – with or without children. And finally, a couple of extra minutes making sure you know how to properly install and use child safety seats could be a life saver.”
Families looking to get expert help on installing child safety seats can find free inspection services at
– Patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) energy-absorbing body/chassis safety cell technology
In addition to its included safety features, the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is available with advanced high-tech safety systems including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)2.
Meet the Families:
The Poulin family
Simeon and Janina were starting to look into fostering a child when Janina unexpectedly became pregnant. At six months, Janina became seriously ill and was admitted to the hospital, giving the couple the biggest scare of their lives. However, baby Poulin arrived healthy and happy eight days after Janina’s due date – a remarkable story of how love can overcome many obstacles.
– The couple first met in 2007 and began briefly dating, then went their separate ways; they reconnected in 2008, married 3 1/2 years ago, and have been together ever since
The Ortiz family
The Ortiz Family was very nervous about having their first child (Kimberly). Carlos was raised in a single-parent household, so he is especially looking forward to giving his firstborn something he never had growing up – a father figure.
– Carlos and Kristal first met 6 years ago when Carlos applied for a job at the restaurant where Kristal worked as a hostess
The Arty Family
Location: Long Island
The Arty Family – over the course of three years – consulted with three different doctors, and new mom Jamie went through five surgeries, seven outpatient procedures and three in vitro fertilizations (IVF). Those were trying times…but the end result is truly priceless as along came Baby Arty.
– The couple first met 13 years ago in their freshman year at college while attending Hofstra University on Long Island
– New dad Frantz accompanied Jamie to every one of her doctor’s appointments for three years straight