Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for children over 1 year old. In 2000, more than half of all children less than 15 years of age killed in car crashes were unrestrained according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Car seats save lives but ONLY if they are installed correctly.
- Children under the age of 2 are 75% less likely to die or sustain serious injury when properly restrained REAR facing.
- Texas law requires the use of a properly installed child passenger safety seat until a child’s 8th birthday or until he or she is 4 feet 9 inches tall.
- Only 15% of child passenger safety seats are properly installed; most have critical misuse issues that could lead to failure in an accident.
- The best child passenger safety seat is one that fits your car, is easy to use and is appropriate for your child’s height and weight. The type of safety seat needed will change as your child grows.
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