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County to Give Away 1,900 Child Car Seats

The effort is funded by a grant from the state.

San Diego County officials will hand out more than 1,900 child car seats for free this year. Patch file photo.
San Diego County officials will hand out more than 1,900 child car seats for free this year. Patch file photo.

The county of San Diego will hand out more than 1,900 car safety seats for low-income parents this year, funded by a state grant, it was announced today.

The $245,500 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety will pay for 1,944 car seats, according to the county, which is participating in the Keep `em Safe program for the fourth straight year.

County officials said vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for children in the U.S.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children,” said Dianne Jacob, who chairs the county Board of Supervisors.

“There's no doubt that car seats and boosters can reduce serious injuries and save lives.”

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

“Children should always be appropriately secured,” said Nick Macchione, director of the county Health and Human Services Agency. “We urge parents and caregivers to make sure kids are properly protected every trip, every time.”

The county will work through community organizations to distribute the car seats, which will be available through September. More information is available at the Pacific Safety Center at (888) 846-4200, (855) 477-2411, or (858) 621-2313.

--City News Service

Scott H. Kidwell February 24, 2014 at 03:32 PM
“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children,” said Dianne Jacob, who chairs the county Board of Supervisors. Seriously?
No Bad Government February 24, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Why don't they start buying up all the car seats at the Thrift Stores first! This way, they help Charities and accomplish the same thing for less or can buy more than the 19,000 since we really have no say on whether they are going to spend the money anyway.
Steve Pinney February 24, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Who's actually paying for these seats?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 05:06 PM
The state Office of Traffic Safety ... so taxpayers, yes?
Libi Uremovic February 24, 2014 at 05:18 PM
'... $245,500 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety will pay for 1,944 car seats...' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- that would be $126/seat which is about twice the price ... --------------------------------------------------------------------------- '...The state Office of Traffic Safety ... so taxpayers, yes?...' -------------------------------------------------------------------------- yes penny - i call the state my 'back left pocket' .... the city is my front right pocket, the schools are my front left pocket, the state is my back left pocket, and the feds are my back right pocket - that's the deep one with all the credit cards ....
Kevin George February 24, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Don't you just love gubmentspeak ( from the wbsite): "Motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of unintentional death"......Unintentional death? The list of leading causes of intentional death is a short one. Was "accidental" scrubbed from the PC dictionary because there is no such thing as an accident?
Scott Wilson February 24, 2014 at 07:26 PM
PLEASE GIVE A SEAT TO ALL IN NEED AND INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE SMOKE ALARM.......EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE ALARM PER HOUSEHOLD !!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE ONE IN EACH ROOM.....
Things I Learned February 24, 2014 at 09:27 PM
The state should give all of us scissors and then tell us not to run with them.
Jake Mahamood February 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM
First off, its not "the state" that is giving the grant, its the tax payers, second, I 'll bet everyone showing to collect the seats, has an iphone.
Jay Berman February 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM
I hope they check for a valid drivers license with a matching auto registration before giving away these way overpriced seats .... my guess is a lot of the people getting these seats are unlicensed illegal aliens ...
usmcboi February 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM
good so when they fail to protect they will get sued out the yang.

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