Child Passenger Safety Presentation
CHILD
PASSENGER
SAFETY
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Table of Contents
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Introduction: Save Your Child with a Seat
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Child Passenger Safety Overview
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Choosing the Correct Seat
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Top 5 Mistakes
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Act Now: Contact Information
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Additional Resources
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Introduction
3 out of every 4 children in child safety seats are
not properly secured or not restrained at all. (NHTSA)
Every year, this contributes to
thousands of deaths or injuries to
children involved in vehicle crashes.
Act now.
Save your child with a seat.
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Child Passenger Safety Overview
Key Facts:
 In the U.S., vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children
age 13 and under. (NHTSA)
 Texas law states that children must ride in a child safety seat or
booster seat until the age of 8, unless the child is 4’ 9” or taller.
 Seat belts are only designed for adults and do not protect young
children in the same way.
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Child Passenger Safety Overview, Cont’d
Key Facts:
 Children younger than 13 should always ride in
the back seat.
 Never install a rear-facing child safety seat in
front of an active air bag.
 Safety seats should not move more than an inch
to the right, left, forward or backward when
correctly installed.
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Child Passenger Safety Overview, Cont’d
Key Facts:
 Children can use vehicle seat belts alone when
he or she can:
• Sit straight against the vehicle seat back with
knees bent over the seat edge.
• Fasten the lap belt snugly over hips and thighs.
• Wear the shoulder belt across the shoulder and
chest (not neck).
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Choosing the Correct Seat
Stage 1: Rear-Facing Seat
Infants/Toddlers
 All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear facing safety
seat until they are 2 years old or until they reach the
highest weight or height allowed by the safety seat
manufacturer.
Stage 2: Convertible or Forward-Facing Seat
Toddlers/Pre-Schoolers
 Any child 2 or older who has outgrown the rear-facing
height or weight limit should use a forward-facing safety
seat with a harness as long as possible, up to the
highest weight or height allowed by the safety seat’s
manufacturer.
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Choosing the Correct Seat
Stage 3: Forward-Facing or Booster Seat
School-Aged Children
 After children have exceeded the height and weight limit
for a forward-facing safety seat, they should be switched
to a belt-positioning booster seat. They should remain in
this seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically
when they reach 4 feet 9inches and are between 8 and
12 years of age.
Stage 4: Seat Belts
Older Children
 When children are old and large enough to use the
vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use both lap
and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection. All
children younger than 13 should wear seat belts and
ride in rear seats for optimal protection.
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Top 5 Mistakes
1. Harness straps used to hold the children in safety seats are positioned
either too low or too high.
2. Harness chest clips are not used at all or are positioned over the abdomen
instead of the chest.
3. Harness straps are too loose, with more than two inches of total slack
between the child and the harness strap.
4. Safety seats are installed too loosley, moving more than two inches side to
side or front to back.
5. Improper seat belt placement with the lap belt resting over the stomach
and/or the shoulder belt on the child’s neck or face.
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Act Now
Want to make sure your child’s
seat is properly installed?
TxDOT has certified Child Passenger Safety
Seat Technicians at each of its 25
locations.
Save your child with a seat and schedule a
free seat check appointment with your
local TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist today.
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Additional Resources
For more information about child safety seats and keeping
your child safe, visit:
Texas Department of Transportation
American Academy of Pediatrics
www.TexasClickItorTicket.com
www.aap.org
Safe Riders
Safe Kids Worldwide
www.dshs.state.tx.us/saferiders
800-327-4236
www.safekids.org
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration
www.nhtsa.gov
888-327-4236
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