According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 14 years old or younger. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that roughly three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly.
Correctly installed child safety seats and booster seats save lives - offering the best protection for children in the event of a crash. TxDOT is now offering free safety seat check-ups in each of the 25 district offices throughout Texas year round by appointment. To find your nearest TxDOT district office, text the word “SEAT” and your zip code to 876526. Visit SaveMeWithASeat.com to learn more about the guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on their age and size and where to find a child safety seat check in your area.
The website also features video demonstrations on installing child safety seats and crash test simulations, where parents and caregivers can see firsthand the effects of improper child restraint.