Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr., far right, and CHP Sergeant Lee E. Martin, observe the CHP car Seat Technician inspect the car seat belonging to Jaisha Laurent.By Francis TaylorSentinel Staff Writer
â€œMotor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States,â€ said Councilmember Wesson.Â â€œAbout 4 children ages 14 or younger are killed every day in this country, and we just canâ€™t stand-by and let that happen.Â We have to do something about it.â€
Wesson enlisted the support of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the California Highway Patrolâ€™s Southern Division Special Operations Unit to increase public awareness and providing 87 new child safety seats free of charge to area residents.Â
The California Highway Patrol has found that as many as 80% percent of the seats that have already been installed have been installed incorrectly, or leave the child harness too loose.Â The inspections that day resulted in the identification of dozens of seats which had to replaced or reinstalled.
Studies have found that child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants, and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years.
Because of the success of this event, Councilmember Wesson announced that he planned to organize a larger child seat giveaway later this year near Thanksgiving.
â€œItâ€™s the responsibility of every parent and caregiver out there to make sure their children are safely restrained â€“ every trip, every time,â€ said Wesson.Â â€œEvery parent should get their child safety seats inspected.Â When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes.â€