One Size Does Not Fit All: Choose the Right Car Seat for Your Child Sept. 15-21 is Child Passenger Safety Week

Simi Valley Police Department



Simi Valley, Calif. – Simi Valley Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies, public health departments and other community organizations to raise awareness about the importance of keeping children in the correct car seat for their age and size.

The effort to promote car seat safety coincides with Child Passenger Safety Week, which is from Sept. 15-21. During this time, Simi Valley Police Department will be making sure drivers are securing children in the correct child safety seat.

On every Tuesday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m , Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to show parents an d caregivers how to install car seats correctly and assist them in choosing the right car seat for their child. Simi Valley Police Department has partnered with Ventura County Safe Kids to conduct the inspections onsite, 3901 Alamo Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063. Please call (805) 973-7582 to schedule an appointment.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 46% of car seats are not used properly.

“Children mean the world to parents and caregivers, but unfortunately many are putting them in harm’s way without knowing it,” Commander Thomas Meyer said. “Our goal is to educate parents and caregivers on how they can keep children riding in the car as safe as possible. Even if you think you have the right car seat and installed it correctly, it doesn’t hurt to get it checked. We are here to help.”

Under California law, children under two weighing less than 40 pounds and less than 40 inches tall are required to be in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of eight or less than 4’ 9” tall must be secured in a car or booster seat. The fine for not securing a child in the correct child safety seat is $490.

To find the right seat for your child, visit the NHTSA website. To find a car seat fitting station near you, contact your local CHP area office or go to the California Office of Traffic Safety website for a listing of car seat programs statewide.

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


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