Officers will be at parking lot at north end of Lincoln Jr. High Oct. 13

 Nine of of 10 child safety car seats are installed improperly, according to the California Highway Patrol, and the Kiwanis Club of Taft and CHP are teaming up to make sure local children are safely secured while riding in cars.

Trained CHP officers will be holding a safety seat inspection in Taft on Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the north end of the Lincoln Junior High campus.
It's free to the public. A few car seats will be available for people that need them to replace old or noncompliant seats..

The state of California requires all occupants of a motor vehicle to be properly secured and children less than 8 years of age be secured in an appropriate child seat, and for good reason: The number one preventable cause of death and injury of children is automobile collisions, according to the CHP.

Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants by 71% and toddlers (aged 1-4 years) by 54%. Using a booster seat for children 4-8 years of age reduces the risk of serious injury by 45%.