TXDOT offering free checks on car seats

Posted at 9:06 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 22:06:56-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas Department of Transportation is continuing efforts to educate the public on proper use of child safety seats.

It's called the "Save Me With a Seat" campaign.

TXDOT is encouraging parents and caregivers to sign up for a free child car seat checkup.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.

"What we find is when people make an appointment with us that 9 out of 10 seats are used incorrectly.

We want those parents to know, for a 30 minute appointment, you can come to the TXDOT office, Driscoll Children's hospital, and get your

seat inspected and have a little bit more confidence that if you are in a car crash, your child is going to be protected.” said traffic specialist Stephanie Christina.

TXDOT’s free safety seat inspections are available throughout the year, but you need to make an appointment to be seen.

If you fail to properly restrain a child, that can result in a ticket of up to $250 dollars.