*********is National Child Passenger Safety Week*********
National Child Passenger Safety Week will be celebrated, providing an opportunity for parents to make sure they are transporting their children safely.
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Unfortunately in 2016, more than one-third of the children killed in vehicle crashes were known to be unrestrained.
What can parents do to secure their child’s future? Take advantage of the opportunity to have a free car seat inspection during National Child Passenger Safety Week. Securing your children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats — in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. Misuse of car seats can cause needless injuries and fatalities.
For a child safety seat to do its job correctly, it has to be:
- Appropriate for your child’s age and size,
- Installed properly in your vehicle, and
- Adjusted to fit your child securely.
Parents are reminded to keep children rear-facing until they reach the limit of their rear-facing convertible seat, which is usually 40 pounds or more. Also, children should stay in a 5-point harness system until they outgrow the weight and height limit of their seat. Booster seats are for children who are at least age 4 and 40 pounds or more, and mature enough to sit still in a booster. Finally, keep children in a booster seat until the seat belt fits correctly. This is usually sometime between ages 8 and 12. The average child fits in a seat belt at age 11.
Make sure your children are safe and you are in compliance with the current child safety seat law in Texas. The law requires all children under age 8, unless taller than 4-feet-9-inches, to be in a child safety seat system, which includes traditional child safety seats with harnesses and booster seats. All child passengers under age 13 should ride securely restrained in the back seat, where they are safest — every trip, every time. If you are not able to attend an event during National Child Passenger Safety Week, you don’t have to wait until next year to check if your car seat is properly installed.
Please see the attached event specifics.