Nationwide, more young children die each year as passengers in vehicle crashes than from any disease or other kinds of unintentional injuries combined! In Texas, nearly 40 percent of the children who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were reported as unrestrained. (TX Department of Transportation, Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics – 2013)
- REAR-FACING: All infants and toddlers should ride in rear-facing car safety seats until they are 2 years old or until they reach the highest weight or height limit allowed by their seat.
- FORWARD-FACING: Children may ride in a forward-facing seat when they are at least two years old or have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit of their rear-facing seat. Keep children in a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their seat. Higher harness weight seats are available for children who are not developmentally ready for a booster seat and need to stay in a harness longer.
- BOOSTER SEATS: Children who are at least four years old, forty pounds and mature enough to stay in place may use a belt-positioning-booster seat until the lap/shoulder belt fits properly, usually when they reach 4’9″ tall at 8–12 years old .
- SEAT BELTS: When children are big enough to fit the vehicle belt system properly they should always ride in the lap/shoulder belt.
ALL CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 13 YEARS SHOULD BE RESTRAINED IN THE REAR SEAT OF VEHICLES.
For more information, please visit the Passenger Safety Project or call 979-862-4658.
Find a certified technician in Texas to have your car seat inspected: http://buckleup.tamu.edu