Sacto 9-1-1
April 27, 2012
CHP to hold free child safety seat check-up event Saturday

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a child passenger safety seat check-up event Saturday at the IKEA store in West Sacramento.

CHP-certified car seat technicians/instructors will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon at 700 Ikea Court to help parents make sure children are properly secured.

A new California law that became effective Jan. 1 extends by two years the length of time a child must use a child passenger restraint or safety seat when riding in a motor vehicle. Children must ride in either a car seat or a booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall.

CHP officials cite national studies that show three out of four children are not as secure in vehicles as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly.

Funding for the CHP program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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