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Safety in and around cars

Ultimate Car Seat Safety GuideEvery year children are rushed to the emergency room to be treated for car related injuries, many don't even involve traffic or another car. Some injuries occur without the car ever leaving the driveway. Here are some of the top dangers to be aware of and the key things you can do to help make your car safer for your kids.

Is your child's car seat safe?

Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly? Make sure your child is riding safely.

Each week, we have certified child passenger safety technicians who check car seats for free in various locations around Tarrant County. Our team will show you the fit that is the safest for your child and your vehicle. If you are an expectant parent, please schedule your car seat check four to six weeks before your delivery date.

Effective Sept. 1, 2009, Texas amended the State Child Passenger Safety law to include children up to 8 years old unless they are 4'9" tall. Watch this short video to become more familiar with the requirements.


Texas law requires all children ride in federally approved car seats or booster seats made for their weight and height, until they are 8 years old or taller than 4 feet 9 inches. In addition, all passengers (including adults) above this age/height must use a seat belt, regardless of where they sit in the vehicle (TRC 545.412 / 9-1-2009).

To help you get started on choosing the right car seat for you child, we've provided the following documents. These are suggested guidelines:

Free car seat checks

Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly? Safe Kids Tarrant County has six car seat fitting stations around the metroplex where you can make an appointment with a certified technician for a FREE car seat fitting. Please call 682.885.2634 to learn more.




Never leave your child alone in a car!

Did you know that it takes only 10 minutes for the inside of a car to heat up by 20 degrees F and it continues to heat up quickly even if a window is cracked?

Did you know that Texas leads the nation in deaths of children due to being left in a hot car with 85 deaths since 1998?

Safe Kids Tarrant County led by Cook Children's wants to make sure it doesn't happen in our community. If you see a child unattended in a hot car – that's a 9-1-1 call!

Get the facts at a glance:

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