SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The CHP is ramping up its efforts to prevent children from being killed in car crashes because their car seats weren't installed properly.
The CHP announced Monday that it was once again partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety to implement the California Restraint Safety Education and Training, or CARSEAT, campaign.
As part of the year-long program, CHP offices will host educational seminars, classes, and child safety seat inspections.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says car seats significantly reduce the risk of children dying in a crash. NHTSA says car seats reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
The CHP offers free car seat inspections and installations throughout the year. For more information and to make an appointment, just contact your local CHP office.
California law requires children to be in a car seat in the back seat of a vehicle until they're at least eight years old. Children eight and older who are at least 4'9" can sit in the back seat of a car in a properly fitted seat belt. Children under the age of two must ride in a rear-facing car seat until they reach 40 pounds or 40 inches in height.