Child passenger safety highlighted Saturday

This week is National Seat Check Child Passenger Safety Week and to commemorate, local agencies will host a child seat inspection and installation event Saturday. The Safe Kids Chapter of Santa Cruz County and Aptos/La Selva Fire Department are teaming up to offer parents and caregivers a one-day child safety-seat checkup. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. In English and Spanish, certified technicians will explain the proper way to install and use child safety seats. To reserve a spot, call 685-6690. Anyone who isn't able to make it to this weekend's event can call the local Safe Kids Chapter at (831) 454-5477 to set up an appointment. Also, the CHP offers child safety seat inspections and installation. Reach the Aptos office at (831) 662-0511. Child passenger safety statistics
  • Properly installed car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for children under a year old and by 54 percent for children between ages one and four, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • An estimated 70-90 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed.
  • In 2009, 84 children aged 12 or under were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, in California, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety. Of those, 54 percent were not restrained. Many of these tragedies could have been prevented if the children were in the right restraint for their age and size.
The right fit The following information will help sure your child is in the proper seat for their size:
  • Age Birth – 12 months Children under one year old should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. The different types of rear-facing car seats are infant-only, convertible and 3-in-1. Infant-only child seats only can be used rear-facing, while convertible and 3-in-1 seats have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time before switching to the forward-facing position.
  • Age 1 – 3 years Children should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum height or weight limit listed by car seat manufacturers. Depending on the seat, some children may remain in rear-facing seats until they're age two or older. When a child outgrows rear-facing car seats, he or she can be upgraded to a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
  • Age 4 – 7 years When your child out grows the maximum weight and height limit for your forward-facing car seat with a harness, move him or her into a booster seat. The child must still ride in the back seat, however.
  • Age 8 – 12 years Booster seats should continue to be used until your child is big enough to properly fit in a regular seat belt – with the lap belt laying snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. Meanwhile, the shoulder belt should fit snugly across the shoulder and chest, not over the neck or face.
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One Response to Child passenger safety highlighted Saturday

  1. mumbofish says:

    Man! The attitude towards women is a worldwide problem, not just the middle eaast. I’ve heard of homeless women being raped up here in Sonoma County. Most of the time, undereducated, homeless men who done it to homeless women?

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