The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their upcoming efforts for Child Passenger Safety Week. The CHP, along with other community safety partners, will be stepping up efforts to improve child passenger safety. This year, Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 17-23. The CHP’s primary focus will be on car seat safety. The CHP wants to make sure that children are properly buckled up and in size and age-appropriate safety seats.
Child Passenger Safety Stats
- In 2015, more than one-third of children under the age of 13 who died in crashes nationwide were not properly buckled up.
- When used correctly, car seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
- All children should ride in the back seat until age 13.
Rear-Facing Car Seats for Children Under Two in California
As of January of this year, all children under the age of two must ride in a rear-facing safety seat in the State of California. Under the new law, children under the age of eight are required to ride in the back seat in an age-appropriate safety seat. Safety advocates also recommend that all children under the age of 13 should be riding in the back seat. During Child Passenger Safety Week, Child Passenger Safety technicians with the CHP will provide safety seat inspections, education and hands-on training for parents and caregivers. Find your local CHP office to get your child’s car seat checked during National Seat Check Saturday on September 23, 2017.
San Diego Injury Accidents Involving Children
Protecting children from dangerous car accidents starts with ensuring they are properly buckled up. For infants, toddlers and small children, it’s essential to have the correct age and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat. Always remember that in the event of a car accident, children are safest when riding in the back seat.
If your child has been injured in a car accident due to a dangerous or negligent driver in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.