Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children. While most people believe their children are properly buckled up, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out that 46% of all safety seats are misused. The best way to keep young children safe in your vehicle is to make sure they’re properly buckled up in a child safety seat. That means selecting a safety seat that’s appropriate for a child’s age and size and installing it correctly.
TxDOT offers free child safety seat checks at its 25 district offices across the state where a certified technician can help parents and caregivers make sure they’re choosing the right seat for their child and that it’s installed and used correctly. Visit SaveMeWithaSeat.org and enter your zip code to find the nearest location to request an appointment for an inspection. Drivers can also find out if a child should be in a rear-facing, forward-facing or booster seat and get other child passenger safety tips at the website.
Texas law requires that all children younger than 8 years old, unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches, be secured in a child safety seat whenever they ride in a vehicle. Older children who have outgrown a booster seat must be buckled with a seat belt. Failure to properly restrain a child can result in a ticket of up to $250.