A public service announcement has been issued by the Texas Department of Transportation, TxDOT, announcing that the “Save Me with a Seat” campaign has been kicked off for September. The campaign focuses on reminding everyone to avoid common mistakes when using child safety seats and being sure that their seats are installed correctly.
According to TxDOT, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, two out of three child safety seats are misused and child safety seats in passenger cars reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. As stated by NHTSA, 408 children younger than 8 years old were seriously injured and 73 died in traffic crashes. 411 children ages 8 to 12 were seriously injured and another 30 were killed in 2017 in Texas.
“We want to help parents prevent the kind of tragedy no mother or father should have to endure,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass.
TxDOT says that they recommend that all children who are under the age of 13 need to ride in the back seat and have their seat belt or safety seat properly secured.
“State law requires all children under 8 years old, unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches, to be in a safety seat whenever they ride in a vehicle. Failure to properly restrain a child can result in a ticket of up to $250,” advises TxDOT.
TxDOT says that the five most common mistakes when using a child safety seat are:
- Harness straps through wrong slots
- Chest clip incorrectly positioned
- Harness too loose
- Wrong seat belt path used
- Loose safety seat installation
The “Save Me with a Seat” campaign by TxDOT will run through September and National Child Passenger Safety Week is from September 23-29. For more information about the campaign or the National Child Passenger Safety Week, visit TxDOT.gov.
Below are images provided by TxDOT visually showing safety tips and how to pick the right seat for your child. Additional recommended safety tips by TxDOT can be found on the Click it or Ticket website.