AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three out of four child car seats are not property installed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, the Texas Department of Transportation is trying to change that by offering free car seat inspections at any of the agency’s 25 statewide district offices.
“We are determined to educate parents and caregivers in Texas about the importance of buckling their child into the correct car seat for their age and size,” James Bass, TxDOT Executive Director said. “It’s not only the law, but we’re also trying to save lives through proper use of safety seats.”
Common car seat errors include:
- Installing the seat too loosely
- Putting the harness straps through the wrong slots
- Leaving harness straps too loose
- Positioning the chest clip incorrectly
- Using the wrong seat belt path
Texas law requires all children under 8 and shorter than 4′ 9″ tall to be in a car seat, which can carry fines up to $250. TxDOT hopes to remind drivers that properly buckling children in is an every day, year-round responsibility.
TxDOT’s free car seat inspections are available by appointment through September 24. To schedule a check text “seat” with your zip code to 876526 or log on to SaveMeWithASeat.com. In addition, the group Safekids.org is launching its own car seat safety guide.