Child safety seats focus of group
Safe Kids Nevada County held free child safety seat inspections Sunday at Jim Keil Chevrolet. Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians performed inspections and train parents and caregivers to install and adjust their car seats properly.
“Think of it as a private lesson in the correct use of your car seat,” says Alexa Noll, Safe Kids Nevada County coordinator.
Safe Kids Nevada County is one of more than 500 coalitions and chapters across the country providing these services as part of the “Safe Kids Buckle Up” program. Since 1996, Safe Kids Buckle Up has inspected more than 600,000 car seats at more than 15,000 events and provided hands-on training to more than 9 million parents and caregivers.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children under 14.
“Under California law, all children under 6 years and 60 pounds must be restrained in an appropriate car seat – whether in the family car, traveling with friends or relatives, or in a rental car or taxi,” Noll said. Properly used, a car seat reduces the risk of death by 71 percent for rear-facing infants and 54 percent for forward-facing toddlers; a booster seat reduces the risk of death by 59 percent for children ages 4 to 8.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 73 percent of all child passenger restraints – more than 80 percent of car seats and about 40 percent of booster seats – are used incorrectly.
“It’s a parent’s responsibility to make sure a child’s car seat is properly installed and adjusted. We’re here to show you how,” says Noll.
Safe Kids Nevada County provides car seat inspections throughout the year. To find a car seat inspection site or certified technician near you, call Noll at 272-8866 or visit http://www.safekids.org online. An inspection is free and usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. Bring your child and the owner’s manuals for your vehicle and your car seat.
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