(Victor Valley)- – Protecting children is always at the top of the list for parents and grandparents. One of the most important ways to accomplish this is by having a properly fitted, properly installed car seat whenever you travel with your young child. You may have noticed if you have used a car seat lately, they can seem a bit complicated.
Officer Joaquin Zubieta at the Victorville CHP office conducts weekly inspections. “I do free car seat inspections every Friday for parents, grandparents or other care givers that may not be sure if their car seat is installed correctly.”
“Inspections usually take about an hour and I make sure that the car seat is not recalled, that it is not expired, and that it is installed properly,” said Zubieta. “I show the parents or grandparents how to install it, then I’ll have them do it, and that way we can make sure that our babies are in the proper car seat.”
This week, September 18th-24th is National Child Passenger Safety Week. It is celebrated every year to remind parents and other caregivers of the need to keep children of all ages properly restrained in the seat that meets their weight and height requirements.
In auto crashes, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for children younger than 1 and by 54 percent for children 1 to 4 in passenger cars, according to data collected by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
To schedule an appointment with Officer Zubieta for a free car safety seat inspection, call the Victorville CHP office 760-241-1186.
For more information on car seats and child safety visit the NHTSA’s website: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS