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Child Passenger Safety

Texas Law mandates that all passengers must be properly restrained. Children must be using a child safety seat that is appropriate for their age, weight and height. Follow the safety seat manufacturer instructions to determine what is an appropriate seat for your child.

Safety Seat Inspections

For help properly installing your car seat, contact a local certified technician.

Safe Kids Mid-Texas –254-724-1431
Serves all counties in Central Texas.

KidSafe – 254-202-8605
Serves Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone and McLennan.

Car Seat CHECKS

More than 8 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly. Join us at our free Car Seat Fitting Event to have a certified car passenger safety technician check your child’s safety in their child seat.

Certified technicians will be available to:

  • Assist families with car seat installation
  • Check for expired seats and recall information
  • Provide information on recommended car seat use
  • Answer questions and address concerns

McLane Children’s Medical Center
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1901 SW H.K. Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX 76502

To schedule an appointment contact Melissa Mesecke at 254.935.4157 or via email.

Safety Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Children ages 12 and under should ride properly restrained in the back seat, even if there is no air bag. In general, the back seat is much safer than the front seat
  • Be careful about thick clothing or padding between the child and the child safety seat or harnesses. Such material could compress in a crash, introducing slack and affecting the child safety seat's protection

Infants (Birth to 2 Years)

  • Infants should ride rear facing until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer. Rear-facing car seats reduce the risk of cervical spine injury in the event of a crash.
  • Never use a rear-facing child seat in a seating position with an active frontal air bag. The force of a deploying air bag could result in serious injury or death
  • Route the harness straps according to the manufacturer instructions, generally at or slightly below shoulder level for rear-facing children
  • Adjust the harnesses so they are snug and flat against the child's body and position the harness clip at armpit level.
  • If your child safety seat has a handle, follow the manufacturer instructions for positioning it. Most manufacturers state that handles should be kept in the down position during transport
  • Recline the safety seat at the proper angle. Check the manufacturer instructions to determine the proper position.  Use a pool noodle or rolled towel if necessary beneath the safety seat to achieve the correct position.

Toddlers

  • Use a forward-facing child safety seat with harnesses.
    Note: Most experts agree that children are generally safer facing the rear of the vehicle. If your convertible child safety seat has adequate rear-facing weight and height limits, you may choose to keep him/her facing the rear
  • Place the forward-facing child safety seat in an upright position, according to manufacturer instructions
  • Route the harness straps according to the manufacturer instructions, generally at or slightly above shoulder level, using reinforced slots for forward-facing children.
  • Adjust the harnesses so they are snug and flat against the child's body and position the harness clip at armpit level.

Children (4 to 8 Years Old)

  • Children to 8 years old, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches, must ride in a child safety seat
  • Adult seat belts do not generally fit children correctly. Using a belt positioning booster helps the seat belt fit your child properly, providing far better protection in a crash.
  • Child must sit all the way back against the seat (high-back booster shell or vehicle seat, depending on model selected)
  • Both lap and shoulder belts must be used with belt positioning boosters
  • The lap belt should be snug and flat against the upper thighs
  • The shoulder belt should be snug and flat against the chest and collarbone. Note: Never let your child put a shoulder belt under his/her arm or behind his/her back. This could result in serious injuries.

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