The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are currently publicizing their observance of National Child Passenger Safety Week with their “Buckle Up Your Precious Cargo” campaign. From September 18th through the 24th, the CHP will be raising awareness about the importance of child safety, car seats and the use of seat belts for appropriately aged and sized child passengers. Troopers and other CHP personnel will be conducting community events throughout the State of California, and the week long event will culminate on September 24, 2016, which is National Seat Check Saturday.

National Seat Check Saturday

On National Seat Check Saturday, the CHP will have Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians available to communities all over California. Technicians will offer instruction to parents and caregivers and also check car seats and booster seats. Events will include education on how to properly use and install booster seats and car seats and information about the appropriate ages and sizes for children who are ready to move out of booster seats and start wearing grown-up seat belts.

New Child Passenger Safety Law

The CHP will also be getting the word out about the new California Child Passenger Safety law that will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Under the new law, children under the age of two years old will have to ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 pounds or more or is 40 inches tall or more. The child also has to be secured in a manner that is in compliance with height and weight requirements for the manufacturer of the car seat.

Preventing Injuries to Child Passengers

Since car seats can reduce the chance of fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers Child Passenger Safety Week and car seat safety and awareness to be top priorities. Officials with the OTS and the CHP are encouraging parents and caregivers to bring their car seats and boosters seats to get checked this Saturday. Contact your local CHP office to find out where you can find a Child Passenger Safety technician this Saturday or all year round.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy National Child Passenger Safety Week.

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