Did you know that four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly? To make sure yours isn’t one of them, Safe Kids Orange County, in partnership with the Automobile Club of Southern California and CARE Ambulance Service, will host a free community car seat inspection event at Anaheim Stadium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim is located at 2000 Gene Autry Way, 92806.
The clinic will focus on helping drivers to understand how to install child safety seats from infant size to boosters, and will also include inspections of child car seats for proper fit and usage, along with checking for recalls and expiration dates, according to Anita Lorz Villagrana, manager of the Auto Club’s Community Affairs & Traffic Safety Dept. Certified car seat technicians will be checking the seats, she added.
Since a new child passenger safety law passed in January, the state now requires that children under age eight must be properly buckled into a car seat or booster in the back seat of a vehicle. Safety seats reduce risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. The Auto Club supported the new law.
“This is an important new law that will impact more than 1.1 million children in California. Keeping them in booster seats increases their chance of surviving a crash by 45 percent,” said Lorz Villagrana.
The fine for violating the law is significant. For each child under age 16 not properly secured parents (if in the car) or the driver can be fined a minimum of $475 and get a point on their driving record.
Please call Erin Malone of Safe Kids Orange County at 714-532-8631 to reserve an appointment. The first 50 vehicles will receive an Auto Club canvas bag containing the Auto Club’s Birth to Boosters brochure and related materials.