CENTRAL GLENDALE— Retired Officer Alex Delgadillo of the California Highway Patrol meticulously inspected 9-year-old Ariana Castañeda's seatbelt Saturday as she sat still in her parents' car.
The detailed inspection of Ariana's seatbelt revealed potential dangers that could arise if her parents were in an accident. The seatbelt rode too high and close to Ariana's neck, which could choke her during a crash, Delgadillo said.
"It would really do some damage," he said at Saturday's Kiwanis Club of Glendale's Child Seat Checkup Day.
Delgadillo tried convincing Ariana that sitting on a booster seat would be safe for her, and eventually she agreed. Getting older children to sit on booster seats is often challenging because many believe they have outgrown child safety seats, he said.