Texas Department of Transportation personnel will conduct a child passenger seat check from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Texoma Health Foundation Park in Denison.
TxDOT personnel and representatives of the city of Denison, Denison Police Department and Grayson County Office of Emergency Management will be on hand to help parents evaluate their current child passenger seats.
“Parents can come by with their vehicle, child and car seat, and we will help them make sure their seat is safe and installed correctly,” Monica Yates, TxDOT traffic funding specialist, said. “We also need to know your child’s weight and height, so please bring that info with you.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four child passenger seats are not properly installed. Common child safety seat errors include: installing the seat too loosely; putting the harness straps through the wrong slots; leaving harness straps too loose; positioning the chest clip incorrectly; and using the wrong seat belt path.
Drivers should refer to their specific car seat manufacturer’s manual for instructions on how to install a safety seat. The vehicle owner’s manual also includes information on the proper placement of car seats and proper use of the seat belt or LATCH system.
More information on child passenger seat safety is available by calling Yates at 903-737-9292.