To keep San Diego children safe from injuries and death, San Diego County will be giving out 1,944 child car seats to low-income parents thanks to a $245,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

A child properly protected in a car seat. Photo courtesy County of San Diego.

The grant, part of the office’s Keep ‘Em Safe program through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will also fund an education campaign, including presentations on the proper installation and use of a child passenger restraint system for children of all ages. Seats will be given out through September.

The goal of the campaign is to increase the proper use of child car seats and seat belt use, and to educate parents about vehicle safety including information on air bags and the dangers of leaving children alone in the car.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children,” said Dianne Jacob, chair of the county board of supervisors. “There’s no doubt that car seats and boosters can reduce serious injuries and save lives.”

This is the fourth year the county has received funding through the Keep ‘Em Safe program. Last year, 2,360 child car seats were distributed throughout the region.

For more information about the Keep ‘Em Safe program, contact the Pacific Safety Center at (888) 846-4200.

— From the County of San Diego News Center

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.