AUSTIN -- TxDOT announced today it is offering free, year-round child safety seat inspections conducted by certified technicians. The inspections are available by appointment at each of TxDOTs 25 district offices. The announcement coincides with National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 15-21.
"Buckling young children into safety seats is the law, so TxDOT is pleased to offer this service in an effort to help keep them safe," said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. "To ensure optimal safety, its important those seats are properly secured and that parents are using the right seat based on their childs age, height and weight."
Texas law states: children younger than 8 years of age, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches, must ride in safety seats.
Nationally, three out of four safety seats are used incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A new study by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) found nearly nine out of 10 Texas children were riding in safety seats, but many were not properly buckled. The new study also revealed 37 percent of infants and toddlers in Texas were secured incorrectly - or not at all - when riding in a vehicle.
The TTI study also reported the Texas cities with the highest rates of correct child safety seat use are Austin (83 percent), Tyler (78 percent), Fort Worth (77 percent), Bryan/College Station (75 percent) and Waco (73 percent).
Cities with the lowest rates of correct child safety seat use are Brownsville (26 percent), Amarillo (37 percent), El Paso (37 percent), Lubbock (44 percent) and Houston (59 percent).
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