Get kids properly buckled in for travel

PATRICE DUNAGIN

Home & Family

Christmas is almost here, and families will be traveling by car and airplane to visit with friends and relatives. This is an appropriate time to stop and think about having your child in the proper car seat before planning your trip. Although parents always want to protect their children, studies show that nationally, three out of four car seats are not used correctly. For a car seat to best protect your child, it must be the right seat for your child's age, weight, height and developmental stage, and must fit properly in your vehicle.

Children are at greater risk than adults in a vehicle crash. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children 14 and under. Safety belts and car seats are the single most effective tool in reducing these deaths and injuries.

That's why the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Passenger Safety Project is urging all parents and caregivers to secure children in age-and size-appropriate child safety seats in the back seat of your vehicle — which is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. In motor vehicle crashes, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. Get a free inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician to make sure you are using the child safety seat correctly.

 
 

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