Many parents carefully install car seats for their children, only to learn that they have done something wrong. Next week, you have a chance to get those seats checked, as the California Highway Patrol observes National Child Passenger Safety Week from Sept. 15-21.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 12 in the United States, and 73 percent of child restraints are misused.
“When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a news release. “The best way to protect your children in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it in the right way.”
California’s child passenger safety seat law, enacted Jan. 1, 2012, requires children to ride in the back seat of a car, in either a car seat or booster seat, until they are 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. When used correctly, the CHP said, child safety seats can reduce fatal injuries by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
Parents can contact their local CHP office – in Modesto, call (209) 545-7440 – to make an appointment with a child safety seat technician for a free car seat inspection or to get information on any child safety events planned in the area.