Ensuring Safe Travels

Want to hit the road knowing your child has the best level of protection? Through the Injury Prevention Program, we offer training and inspections to ensure your car seat is properly installed, so you can travel with confidence.

Recommendations for Safely Installing a Car Seat

  • Never place a rear-facing seat in front of an airbag.
  • For optimal protection, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children remain rear-facing until reaching the maximum rear-facing weight limit of the child safety seat. Most child safety seats on the market today can be used rear-facing up to 40+ pounds. Refer to your car seat instructions.
  • In a rear-facing seat, the harness straps should be at or below the shoulders; in a forward-facing seat, they should be at or above the shoulders (reinforced slots).
  • Harness straps should be snug (pinch test at collarbone), flat and not twisted. The harness retainer clip should be at the armpit level.
  • Please read the owner's manuals for your car seat and your vehicle. This will help you make sure you are using your child safety seat correctly.

The current state law requires all children younger than eight (8) years old, unless they are taller than four feet, nine inches, to be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

Child Car Seat Inspections

The Injury Prevention Program sponsors public car seat inspection events. Our certified technicians will check your car seat for free, making sure it is the appropriate seat for your child, and that it is installed properly into the automobile. We also check individual car seats by appointment at our office. Please call (361) 694-6700 to schedule an appointment.

About the Injury Prevention Program

This program trains health professionals, parents, students, emergency services, law enforcement and any other group or individual who requests education. We have a team of certified instructors to teach the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standardized Technical Training to certify individuals in the area of child passenger safety.

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