Do You Know The New Child Safety Seat Requirements? Get A Free Inspection During National Child Passenger Safety Week

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(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.

This week, September 16th-22nd 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.

Officer Joaquin Zubieta at the Victorville CHP office conducts free child safety seat inspections to make sure if these seats are 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.”

California’s new child passenger safety seat law, which went into effect January 1, 2012, requires children to ride in the back seat of a vehicle, in either a car seat or booster seat, until the age of eight, or until they are 4 feet 9 inches in height.

Hundreds of children are killed or injured every year in California as a result of safety seats that are improperly fastened by parents or caretakers.  The most recent annual statistics show that 18 of 25 children under the age of eight who were killed in a collision were not properly restrained, and 467 children under the age of eight were injured.

“Our goal as a traffic safety agency is to ensure every person, regardless of age, is safe on the road,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “The first step in making that a reality is for every person in the vehicle to buckle up, every time.”

Parents are invited to call Officer Zubieta at the Victorville CHP office 760-241-1186 to make an appointment for a free car seat inspection.

For more information on car seats and child safety visit the NHTSA’s website: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS

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