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Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children. 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 safety seat check-ups 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 to find the nearest location. 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.

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