The importance of car seat safety

Contributed by Gayla Owen, LVN

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle.  Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes.  Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe.  But with so many different seats on the market, many parents find this overwhelming.  The type of seat depends on several things, including your child’s age and size and the type of vehicle you have.

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For more information about child safety seats and keeping your child safe, contact:  Texas Department of Transportation, www.dot.state.tx.us/trafficsafety, Safe Riders, www.dshs.state.tx.us/saferiders, 800-252-8255, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, www.nhtsa.dot.gov, 888-327-4236, American Academy of Pediatrics, www.aap.org, National Safe Kids Campaign, www.safekids.org.  For information on Free Safety Seat Inspections, contact:  UMC Trauma Department at 915-521-7556 or Kohl’s Cares at 915-521-7229, ext 80528.