Securing Child Safety Seats

Parents could get their child safety seat inspected for free on Saturday, as part of TXDOT's "Save Me With a Seat" Public Awareness Campaign.

Many parents may not know, three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed. "So it's an educational experience for them; they come here and we teach them how to put seats in appropriately," said Laura Pressler from United Regional.

If something was wrong with a seat, it would be replaced for free at the event that took place at the Kohl's on Call Field Rd.

Pressler said about 60,000 deaths each year are the result of children being improperly restrained in the car. "We've had several terrible traumatic injuries here in Wichita Falls related to children who were improperly restrained in a car seat," said Pressler.

In 2009, the Texas Child Restraint Law was changed so that any child under the age of eight, or under 4'9" must be in a safety or booster seat. Another reason proper safety seats are so important for kids, is you are 75 percent more likely to survive an accident if you stay inside the car.

"Some people think it's OK to just put their small child in a seat belt and it should be good, but it's not because they're smaller and they can be thrown from the car," said Pressler.

The event was the culmination of National Child Passenger Safety Week.