46% of all children aren’t
buckled up correctly.
Properly installed car seats, used correctly, can save lives. Most parents believe their children are properly buckled up, but this staggering statistic is a reminder that everyone with a child passenger needs to use the right seat, and use it correctly.
UPDATE: In September 2020, TxDOT began rolling out virtual car seat checks to enable us to maintain the same level of service and education to families while following social distancing guidelines. The Child Passenger Safety Technician will connect with the parent or caregiver using any electronic device with video and audio capabilities such as a cellphone, laptop or tablet and teach them how to properly install their car seat, one-on-one.
Sign up for a virtual car seat check by typing your zip code in the box below to send an email to a TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist near you.
Make sure your child Is in a properly installed and correct size car seat.
When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection. Lap portion should be low over the hips/tops of the thighs (not over the stomach) and shoulder belt should cross the center of the shoulder and center of the chest (not the neck). Children younger than 13 years old are safest in the back seat.
Congratulations! You read all of our tips to properly install your child’s safety seat. We’d like to reward your careful reading with an entry into our car seat giveaway. Just fill out the form for the chance to win a new state-of-the-art child safety seat!
*Entrants must be Texas residence and over 18 years old.
“Save Me With a Seat” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel, like wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving, never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, and using a car seat properly.
Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.