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Car Seat SafetyEvery year children are rushed to the emergency room to be treated for car related injuries, many don't even involve traffic or another car. Some injuries occur without the car ever leaving the driveway. Here are some of the top dangers to be aware of and the key things you can do to help make your car safer for your kids.

Is your child's car seat safe?

Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly? Make sure your child is riding safely.

Each week, we have certified child passenger safety technicians who check car seats for free in various locations around Tarrant County. Our team will show you the fit that is the safest for your child and your vehicle. If you are an expectant parent, please schedule your car seat check four to six weeks before your delivery date.

Effective Sept. 1, 2009, Texas amended the State Child Passenger Safety law to include children up to 8 years old unless they are 4'9" tall. Watch this short video to become more familiar with the requirements.

 

Texas law requires all children ride in federally approved car seats or booster seats made for their weight and height, until they are 8 years old or taller than 4 feet 9 inches. In addition, all passengers (including adults) above this age/height must use a seat belt, regardless of where they sit in the vehicle (TRC 545.412 / 9-1-2009).

To help you get started on choosing the right car seat for you child, we've provided the following documents. These are suggested guidelines:

Free car seat checks

Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly? Safe Kids Tarrant County has four car seat fitting stations around the metroplex where you can make an appointment with a certified technician for a FREE car seat fitting. Please call 682.885.2634 to learn more.

Never leave your child alone in a car!

Did you know that it takes only 10 minutes for the inside of a car to heat up by 20 degrees F and it continues to heat up quickly even if a window is cracked?

Did you know that Texas leads the nation in deaths of children due to being left in a hot car with 85 deaths since 1998?

Safe Kids Tarrant County led by Cook Children's wants to make sure it doesn't happen in our community. If you see a child unattended in a hot car – that's a 9-1-1 call!

Get the facts at a glance:

Look and lock

Establish a peace-of-mind plan. When you drop off your child, make a habit of calling or texting all other caregivers, so all of you know where your child is at all times. Place a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cell phone or an item that is needed at your next stop in a back seat. Be especially careful if you get out of your routine with taking the child(ren) to daycare.
Also remember to look in backseats and lock your vehicle doors so no curious child can climb in and lock themselves in. Store keys where little hands can't reach them. And talk to your children about safety and the dangers of playing in or around vehicles.

For more tips, see below.

Spot the tot

In 2007, it was estimated that there were 5,000 injuries and 205 deaths to children under age 14 as a result of being hit by a vehicle in a driveway or parking area in the United States.

Five seconds could save the life of a child.

Before getting in your car, walk completely around it to check for children before getting in and starting the engine.

Parents and caregivers should follow these tips to help make sure that children remain safe around cars:

From the car seat to the driver's seat

For years you've buckled them up in car seats, booster seats, and back seats. But now, they're old enough to buckle up and take their place in the driver's seat. Before you hand off the keys, here are a few recommended things you can do to steer them in the right direction and get them on the road to safe driving:

Resources

For more information, please contact Dana Walraven, Safe Kids Tarrant County coordinator at 682-885-1619 or email safe.kids@cookchildrens.org.

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