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CHP, NHTSA promote Child Passenger Safety Week, September 20-26.

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 01:24:08-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 13 and under.

The CHP, which works every day to help prevent those deaths, is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote Child Passenger Safety Week, September 20-26.

In 2017, NHTSA data showed that 37% of the children killed in car crashes were unrestrained.

“The pandemic has heightened the focus on children’s health and safety for many parents and caregivers,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Keeping children safe in your vehicle for every single trip is just as important as ever.”

California law requires that all children under 8 years of age be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat in the back seat of a vehicle.

Children under 2 years of age must ride in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat.

Children who are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall should continue to ride in the back seat in either a safety seat, such as a booster seat, or lap/shoulder belt.

Children should be kept in an appropriate child seat until they reach the upper height and weight recommended by the car seat manufacturer.

Check here for information about seat choice and installation.