Approximately 75 percent of children are not properly secured in their vehicle safety seats, according to national safety studies. In response, the California Highway Patrol, in a joint effort with local auto dealerships and insurance agencies and the California Office of Traffic Safety, is checking car seats to make sure they meet the approved safety guidelines. Car seat technicians licensed by the California Highway Patrol will inspect car seats to ensure they have been properly installed at no charge at public locations throughout the state. On Saturday, April 28, the California Highway Patrol will be performing these seat checks at the West Sacramento Ikea from 9 a.m. until noon. The check will not only ensure the safety seats are installed according to both manufacturer recommended safety protocols and state highway traffic laws. Under a new state safety regulation that took effect at the beginning of 2012, children must ride in safety seats until they are eight years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall, effectively extending the period of time in which a child is required to ride in a car seat by two years.
As a car accident attorney in Sacramento, I hope this safety initiative makes the roads safer for California’s children. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please consider discussing your options for legal recourse with a licensed Sacramento personal injury attorney.