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CHP: How to make sure your child's car seat is safe and secure

How long is the lifespan of a child's car seat? These tips from Redding CHP officers will keep your child's car seat operating safely.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2019 7:06 PM

REDDING, Calif. - CHP officers were helping keep kids safer at a special event Saturday in the Kohl's parking lot in Redding.

Several officers were on hand inspecting car seats and educating parents to make sure they install child car seats properly. It could be a matter of life or death, according to the officers.

Most parents had the car seats installed correctly, said officers, but they said they see some common mistakes.

CHP Public Information Officer Jason Morton said, "Some of the stuff that we see that's wrong at the beginning was the shoulder straps being too high or too low depending on whether or not the kid is rear facing or forward facing."

"A lot of parents are unsure of how to put their seatbelts into a locking mode," he added, "to make sure that the seat is secure and tight enough." Morton said the car seat is only allowed to move one inch left or right, or one inch up or down.

Car seats usually have about an eight year lifespan, said Morton. He suggests parents and grandparents check the seats for their date of manufacture.

If you missed Saturday's event, you can always call your local CHP office and schedule a car seat check with a technician.

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