The California Highway Patrol will be conducting a Child Safety Seat Check-Up on June 10th, 2014. The free event will be held at the Yucca Valley Wal-Mart from 9:00 AM – Noon in the parking lot. Organized child safety seat check-up events are to provide public training about many misuse situations with child restraints. Trained personnel perform child safety seat evaluations for all children in the vehicle required to be in a child restraint per California law.
Some typical critical child passenger restraint system (CPRS) misues are
- • Age and weight appropriateness of CPRS.
- • Direction of CPRS.
- • Installation and secureness of CPRS to the vehicle seat.
- • Secureness/tightness of harness straps and crotch strap of the CPRS.
- • Use of locking clip for certain vehicle safety belts.
- • Fit of vehicle seat belts across child in belt-positioning booster seat.
- • Defective or broken CPRS elements.
- • Placement of CPRS in relation to air bags.
The following is a reminder of the Child Passenger Restraint Law in California. Children MUST be properly restrained in an appropriate child passenger restraint system the rear seat of a motor vehicle until they are at least eight years of age or 4’9” in height. The following are the only exceptions to riding in the rear seat of the vehicle:
- • There is no rear seat.
- • The rear seats are side-facing jump seats.
- • The rear seats are rear-facing seats.
- • The child passenger restraint system cannot be installed properly in the rear seat.
- • All rear seats are already occupied by children under the age of 12 years.
- • Medical reasons require that the child or ward not ride in the rear seat. The court may require satisfactory proof of the child’s medical condition.
Call Officer Joan Griffin at 760-366-3707 with any questions.