CHP: Car seats in Humboldt are almost all installed wrong

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National Child Passenger Safety Week is bringing to light some startling statistics about Humboldt drivers.


The National Traffic Safety Administration says crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 12 in the United States, and that seventy-three percent of child restraints nationwide are not used properly.


Humboldt Area California Highway Patrols participating in child passenger safety week say locally that statistic is more like ninety percent.


“Some of them are scary how incorrect they are,” said Officer Matt Harvey with the California Highway Patrol, “they face the wrong way, to not being belted in right, to being in the wrong position, to being the wrong seat for the child. When you’re Talking about transporting our most precious cargo—our children—saying it’s good enough just doesn’t work.”


The CHP is holding a child seat checkup Friday, September 20th. Officers will be in the parking lot of the Eureka Target store from noon to 4 p.m. doing free inspections and demonstrations of how to properly install a car seat. All parents and caregivers are welcome, and the event is free.