Car Seat Check-up event planned for Chico

Sep 10, 2015 10:02 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

Butte County Public Health and the CHP are teaming up to host a free car seat check-up event September 23rd in Chico to help keep children safe while they're traveling in vehicles.

Public Health Nurse Ann Dickman says misuse runs as high as 95%, and often it's a simple mistake that can easily be corrected. California law requires children under 8 years old to ride in the back seat properly restrained. After that they must be properly seatbelted. Dickman says for that to happen, the child must be at least 4'9" tall as seatbelts are designed for adult bodies. She says booster seats are a simple solution.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death for children 13 and under.

The car seat check-up event on Wednesday, September 23rd, will take place in the Toys R Us Parking lot off of East 20th Street in Chico from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trained technicians will teach parents how to correctly install and use car seats, and to ensure that children are in the right seats for their ages and sizes.

Thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, local car seat classes are offered each month and car seats are provided for free to families on WIC and Medical, so no child goes without.

For more information you can contact Ann Dickman, Butte County Public Health Nurse, at (530) 891-2736 or log onto


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