SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - San Luis Obispo County Injury Prevention Coalition has announced it will conduct "Car Seat Check" events this month in Shandon and Paso Robles to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.
The events are free to the public.
The coalition says motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly, and when installed and used correctly car seats reduce fatalities by more than half.
"The best way to protect your kids is to put them in the right car seats for their age and size and use those seats correctly on every trip, every time," said Kathleen Karle, Health Promotion Division Manager. "By attending a car seat event parents and caregivers can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible."
Bilingual certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand at the "Car Seat Check" events:
Thursday, April 11
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Shandon High School parking lot
151 S. 1st Street, Shandon
Saturday, April 20
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Target parking lot
2035 Theatre Drive, Paso Robles
For more information on car seat safety and to find other seat check events, visit www.safercar.gov/therightseat.