State Patrol car seat safety number leads to phone-sex line instead

DENVER — The Colorado State Patrol’s child car seat help line is giving parents looking for safety information quite a shock when the call it.

The number is putting them in contact with a phone-sex line.

It’s not clear what caused the error. But when FOX31 Denver News called the number 1-877-LUV-TOTS late Monday night, the issue had not been fixed.

At least two organizations direct people to the Colorado State Patrol’s car seat safety tip line from their websites and other publications.

Colorado Children’s Hospital didn’t realize there was a problem with the number until they were contacted Monday night.

The Colorado Department of Transportation also says it was unaware the number led to a sex line. It, too, is looking into the issue.

The number was not on the Colorado State Patrol’s car seat safety website any longer as of Monday night. However, as of early Tuesday morning, the number was still on Health One’s car seat safety website.

CSP spokesman Mike Baker says the phone number was established in 2002 as a way for people in rural areas of the state to find child car seat safety information. He says the technology worked well for about six years, and then it started having glitches.

An informal directive went out in 2008 to stop using the number, but it was still out there in publications and websites of organizations.

In January 2012 all partners were told the number was no longer in use and any information with the number should be removed or destroyed. Baker says it was not a sex line at the time.

He says it turned into a sex line sometime in the last two years, and the State Patrol has no control over it.