Sep 17, 2014 8:54 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The Butte County Public Health Department and the CHP are teaming up to help parents and others make sure their child's car seat is properly installed.
A car seat check up event is planned for Saturday, September 20th, in the Parking Lot of the Toys R Us store, at 1919 East 20th Street in Chico. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and it's free.
The event is part of National Child Passenger Safety Week. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in children ages one through 13. Local health officials say that using age and size appropriate child restraints is the best way to prevent these deaths. Public Health Nurse Ann Dickman says, " In 2012, over one-third of child passengers killed in car crashes weren't in car seats, booster seats, or wearing seat belts. Those kids might have survived if they had been buckled up."
Anyone with questions is encouraged to attend the check up event, where car seat technicians will provide detailed information on safety seat installation and when children should "graduate" to the next safety seat.
For more information contact Ann Dickman at (530) 891-2736 or www.safercar.gov/parent. Funding for this program comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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