The Texas Department of Transportation and Saferiders teamed up today to help families secure their children in the back seat.
“If they’re not in the proper kind of seat, it’s just like being unbuckled,” TxDOT PIO Gene Powell says.
Trained professionals were able to put families’ worries away by checking their car seats.
“If you come in with a carseat, we make sure it’s the right, proper model, check and make sure it’s been in a wreck,” Powell says. “We can make sure it’s not been recalled, and we can also give you seats if you need one.”
For many children, being taken care of by many is a norm, and experts say everyone involved needs to be prepared.
“We do have a lot of that transferring carseats from one vehicle to the next, and so we see a a lot of misuse,” TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist Gina Galindo says. “So because it’s transferred because we’re always in a rush, or cold weather or the rainy weather, and it doesn’t get installed properly, we never pick and choose the day of our car crashes, they just happen. So every trip, every ride, every install, is very important.”
A high task is making sure children are sitting in the correct seat.
“All children should remain in a belt positioning booster until the seat belt can fit them correctly, and that’s usually about 4’9″ tall,” Galindo says.
Galindo says car seats depend on height and size, not on age.
“Times have changed, we’ve gotten smarter, we’ve progressed,” Powell says. “We want to help keep families safe and the car seats certainly do that.”
If you want to learn more about tips for children in the car, you can visit Safe Kids.
You can also call TxDOT and ask for Gina Galindo and you can make a visit to TxDOT to have her give you a check up.