Is your child's car safety seat installed properly? TxDOT offers free inspection
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:41:59 GMT —
As a part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Texas Department of Transportation's Amarillo District got together with Safe Kids Panhandle and Southwest Honda to host a free safety seat checkup and inspection.
Tracy Tellman, traffic safety specialist with the Texas department of transportation, said the main problem she sees in improper installation. "It's going to be not routing the seat belt properly, not using the lower anchors properly. Not using a tether when they can," Tellman said.
Tellman also reminds parents that car seats should be replaced after six years and should not be reused if they have been in an accident.
It's estimated that 95 percent of safety seats are not installed correctly.
Cathy Balila, mother of three children, came to get her safety seats installed after an event that hit close to home. "We've had family memebers in life threatening crashes, so we've experienced it... Our child's life is obviously extremely important to us." Balila said.
In Texas, all children under the age of 8 or under 4 feet 9 inches must be in a safety seat.
Those who were not able to make the event can contact the Texas Department of Transportation's Amarillo Division to have their safety seats inspected or installed correctly.