Free Kids Car Safety Event & Seat Check-Up
Many parents are unaware that four out of five child passenger safety seats are installed or adjusted incorrectly. September is Child Passenger Safety Awareness month. Cottage Health’s free Kids Car Safety Event will help moms, dads and others who drive with children learn how to keep kids safe while inside and around vehicles.
Cottage Health Trauma Services and the California Highway Patrol will offer drive-up child car seat checks. This free event will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara.
Registration is not needed. No citations will be issued, and there will be no driver license or registration checks. All parents are encouraged to have their child seats inspected by our safety experts to ensure they are correctly installed.
New California state laws require children less than 2 years old be rear facing unless they weigh 40 pounds or more or are at least 40 inches tall. Also, children under 8 years old must be buckled into a car seat or a booster in the back seat. Only children who are at least 8 years old and 57 inches tall or taller can ride in the back seat without a booster.
Other information on how to keep kids safe when in and around cars will also be available, including:
- Spot the Tot Station: Demonstration and information on how to ensure safety when backing up
- Kids in Hot Cars Station: Thermometer display to show how fast the temperature rises in cars
- Seat replacement for those in need – first come, first served