Posted: Aug 11, 2010 4:15 PM by Greg Boyce
Safety experts will give instruction this weekend on the proper use of auto booster seats. The law changed in Colorado on August 1, requiring all children under the age of 8 to be in a car seat or booster seat while riding in a vehicle.
In addition to expanding the use of booster seats, the revised law gives parents more flexibility in choosing the best safety seat for their child or baby, as long as they adhere to the upper weight and height limits set by the seat's manufacturer. Details about the law are available at www.CarseatsColorado.com.
"The Booster Seat Blitz events are meant to educate parents and caregivers about the law, but also share with them recommendations from experts on the best way to protect their child in a crash," said Corp. Eric Wynn, Colorado State Patrol. "The fit of the seat belt is critical. That is why booster seats are so important for older children because it lifts them up so that the lap and shoulder belt fit properly and safely across them."
The Booster Seat Blitz is being held at 16 locations across Colorado starting Friday through Sunday. They are free events that are staffed by certified child passenger safety technicians. Some locations have a limited number of booster seats available for families with financial need. Many locations are helping kids "bling" their boosters, by providing stickers to decorate and customize their booster seat.
Southern Colorado locations:
In addition to the Booster Seat Blitz events, there is a network of more than 140 "fitting stations" across the state as part of CPS Team Colorado that are available year round to offer free assistance for parents, including car seat checks to make sure seats are installed properly. For parents facing financial hardship, some fit stations provide car seats at a reduced price or for a small donation. Parents can find a fit station closest to them by visiting www.carseatscolorado.com or calling toll free 1-877-LUV-TOTS.