Car seat safety check this Saturday at Marian Medical Center | | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

Nearly half of all car seats are installed incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decreasing their effectiveness in protecting children in a crash.

To ensure ensure parents and caretakers have properly installed their child car seats, Marian Regional Medical Center is hosting a free child seat safety check event on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marian Regional Medical Center.

In partnership with the California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Barbara County SafeKids, Herencia Indigena, Cottage Children’s Medical Center, and CommUnify, child safety seat experts will inspect individual safety seats and demonstrate proper installation.

The seat check event will emphasize the importance of understanding vehicle restraint laws and ensuring all children riding in a car are properly secured.

The vehicle and car seat must be present to be checked. It is recommended that the child is present, though it is not required. No appointment is necessary.

Under California law children under two years of age are required to ride in a rear-facing child safety seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall.

Children are required to use a booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4 feet, 9 inches tall.

Children should be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat.

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

Marian Regional Medical Center is located at 1400 East Church Street in Santa Maria. 

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