The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release to help improve child passenger safety across the state. According to the CHP, between 2016 and 2018, a child under the age of 13 was involved in a crash every 11.4 minutes in California, and over 200 of those children were killed in crashes. The CHP, along with other national, statewide and local agencies, just partnered up to promote Child Passenger Safety week in September. During Child Passenger Safety Week, the CHP worked to raise awareness about the critical importance of keeping child passengers safe while riding in vehicles.
Children Need to be in Age and Size Appropriate Car Seats
Under state law in California, all children under the age of two, weighing less than 40 pounds and less than 40 inches tall are required to ride in a rear-facing car seat. Additionally, all children under the age of eight must ride in the back seat in an age and size-appropriate safety seat. Furthermore, safety experts recommend that all children ride in the backseat until age 13. The back seat is the safest place for children in the event of a crash.
Making Sure You Have The Right Car Seat for Your Child
Unfortunately, in a nationwide study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that two out of three car seats are misused. Thankfully in California, all CHP officers have been trained to assist parents and caregivers with car seat issues, such as using the appropriate seat and making sure it’s properly installed. If you missed National Seat Check Saturday on September 21st, you can still make an appointment with a CHP technician at a later date.
Car Accidents involving Child Passengers in San Diego
If you haven’t taken a good look at your child’s car seat in a while, it’s probably time to get it checked. Contact your local CHP office to schedule and appointment. A CHP Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician can conduct a safety seat inspection, provide education and give hands-on training to parents and caregivers for free.
If you have been injured or if your child has been injured in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.