RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Safety always comes first when it comes to your kids, which is why Tehama County CHP has partnered up with Tehama County Public Health to offer classes on car seat safety.

Tehama County CHP said they see it all the time, people putting in a car seat completely the wrong way.

"Most car seats, I hate to say it are not installed properly," said Officer Phillip Mackintosh. “Most parents intend to do it right, but car seats can be complicated. Sometimes you need to understand some basic principles to make good choices about car seats."

Tehama County CHP said its crucial for the public to know how to install a car seat, since traffic collisions are one of the leading causes of death for kids.

CHP offered these tips:

  •  A car seat should move less than an inch side to side, the tighter the better.
  • All seats don't fit all cars the same so before using one try it out in your car to see if it's a perfect match.
  • Registering your car seat is recommended just in case model is recalled, they can contact you.
  • Children under the age of two should be rear facing .
  • Children eight years of age and under or 4 feet 9 inches tall or under should always be in a car seat.

CHP said the cost of a ticket for not having a proper car seat can be $445 or more.

The classes are free and they happen the fourth Thursday of every month. Income- qualified families are eligible to purchase a car seat for $25.

Classes are limited.

For more information you can contact the Tehama County Public Health: (530) 527-6824 or e-mail Jodi.Putnam@TCHSA.net

Tehama County Public Health
1860 Walnut St
Red Bluff, CA 96080