— AUSTIN — In an effort to help Texas drivers keep their child passengers properly secured, the Texas Department of Transportation announced this past week it is offering free, year-round child safety seat inspections conducted by certified technicians.
The inspections are available by appointment at each of TxDOT’s 25 district offices.
"Buckling young children into safety seats is the law, so TxDOT is pleased to offer this service in an effort to help keep them safe,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “To ensure optimal safety, it’s important those seats are properly secured and that parents are using the right seat based on their child’s age, height and weight.”
Texas law states children younger than 8 years of age, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches, must ride in safety seats. Nationally, three out of four safety seats are used incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A new study by the Texas Transportation Institute found nearly nine out of 10 Texas children were riding in safety seats, but many were not properly buckled. The new study also revealed 37 percent of infants and toddlers in Texas were secured incorrectly — or not at all — when riding in a vehicle.
TxDOT’s new interactive seat finder at TexasClickItorTicket.com can help drivers find the proper safety seats for their children. Visit the site and click on “Child Safety” to begin the search for an appropriate safety seat. To schedule a safety seat inspection, call a TxDOT district office or find your local contact at TexasClickItorTicket.com.