Colo. program helping check kids’ car seats
DENVER, Colorado State officials say Colorado is making progress in making sure the youngest passengers on the road are properly restrained, but not enough older children are in booster seats or wearing seat belts.The State Patrol says that from 2003 to 2007, 115 child passengers died in crashes in Colorado, and 63 percent were improperly restrained. About 47 percent of those killed were ages 8 to 14; about 70 percent of them were not buckled up.The 2008 Colorado Child Safety Restraint & Juvenile Seat Belt Study says about 87 percent of children under age 4 in Colorado use child safety seats. About 71 percent of children ages 5 to 15 use seat belts.In Colorado, infants must ride in rear-facing child safety seats until they are at least a year old and weigh at least 20 pounds. Children ages 1 to 4 weighing 20 to 40 pounds must be restrained in a child safety seat. Children older than 4 and more than 40 pounds must be restrained in a child booster seat or with a child safety belt-positioning device. Kids age 6 and older or who are at least 4-feet-7-inches tall must wear seat belts.During national Child Passenger Safety Week, which begins Sunday, Child Passenger Safety Team Colorado and others will help parents check whether their children’s car seats are installed correctly. CPS Team Colorado is administered by the State Patrol.___On the Net:http://www.carseatscolorado.com
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