CHP: Car Seats Save Lives
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about the importance of having children in age and size appropriate car seats. Car crashes are still the leading cause of death for children ages 13 years old and under. According to the CHP, officers respond to crash scenes involving children on a daily basis. When they arrive on the scene of a car crash and find the child inside has been secured in a properly fitted car seat and is relatively unharmed, there is a huge sigh of relief.
Child Passenger Safety Week
The CHP is currently participating in Child Passenger Safety Week, which this year, runs from September 20th to the 26th. Although they try to focus on preventing fatal and injury causing crashes every day, they’re actively going the extra mile to raise awareness about the importance of car seats this week. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, 37 percent of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained in 2017.
While most people are currently focused on how to keep their children healthy and safe from COVID-19, CHP officers don’t want parents and caregivers to lose focus on the importance of roadway safety for child passengers.
Get The Right Seat For Your Child
In California, all children under the age of eight years old must be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat in the back seat of a vehicle. Children under two years of age must ride in rear-facing car seats in the back seat.
Children who are at least eight years old or 4’9” tall should continue to ride in the back seat in either a safety seat such as booster seat or with a lap/shoulder belt. Parents and caregivers are also reminded to make sure they’re following their car seat manufacturer’s height and weight recommendations.
CHP Offers Free Installation and Inspection of Car Seats
In the past, the NHTSA has found that nearly 60 percent of all children’s safety seats are used incorrectly. If you have any questions about your car seat, contact your local CHP office for an inspection or installation assistance.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.