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Did you know that more than a third of children killed in motor vehicle crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts?

It is critical for parents, grandparents and caregivers to know how to correctly install car seats for babies and children and to commit to using safety seats, boosters and seat belts for every trip, no matter how short.

Just last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rolled out a new Car Seat Finder Tool to help parents find out which is the right seat for their child based on his or her age and size.

The NHTSA offers these tips for motorists:
  • Read the instructions and labels that come with your child's car seat and read the vehicle owner's manual for important information on installing the seat.
  • Register your child’s car seat with the manufacturer to make sure you get notified of safety recalls. You can do this through this link.
  • If your child’s car seat is subject to a recall, contact the manufacturer and follow their instructions to get a free fix for your seat.
  • Go to your local car seat inspection station to have your seat checked by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
  • Use the lower anchors and tethers for child restraint systems or seat belt to install your car seat and use the top tether to secure forward-facing car seats.
  • Be sure all children younger than age 13 are sitting down and properly restrained in the back seat.
  • Moms and dads: always wear your seat belt to set a good example. Unbuckled drivers are more likely to have unrestrained children in the car.
There are several locations in our area where you can have your car seat inspected for safety. Click here to find one near you.

JPS Health Network provides a free car seat class that is open to all residents of Tarrant County. This class provides information about how to use a car seat, how to correctly install it in your vehicle and how to place the baby in it using harnesses and straps. It will also explain current laws about car seat safety. Call 817-702-6500 to sign up.

1500 South Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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