Learn about the four stages of car seats, when to replace your car seat, the Texas law, as well as how to prevent heatstroke.
Safe Kids North Texas - Fort Worth offers events where you can make an appointment with a certified technician. We offer FREE car seat checks and assistance to families who may need a car seat.
Please click the link below or call 682-885-2634 to book your appointment. Those without appointments will be seen on a first come/first serve basis. You MUST have your child with you, unless you are an expectant parent.
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Rear facing is the first stage of a car seat for growth of infants through preschoolers. This stage supports their head, neck, and back while riding in a vehicle, until they meet the maximum age, weight, and height of their car seat.
Forward facing is the second stage of a car seat for growth of preschooler through school age children. Children should remain in a forward facing car seat, with a 5-point harness until they meet the maximum age, weight, height, and maturity before moving to a booster seat.
Booster seats are the third stage of a car seat and are an important stage in child restraints, yet they are often skipped over. Children who have outgrown a harnessed car seat and do not yet fit safely behind a lap-shoulder belt should ride in a booster seat.
Learn more about when and how children should ride in a booster seat:
A seat belt is the final stage of riding safely. The safest time to transition to a seat belt is when the child is at least 4ft 9in or 57 inches tall. Important requirements for this stage are that the lap belt crosses at the hips and not the stomach, the shoulder strap should not rub the neck, the child sits back in the seat with knees bent over the edge of the seat, their feet lay flat on the floor, and their head is supported by a head rest.
Texas law requires all children to ride in a federally approved car seat or booster seat made for their weight and height, until they are 8 years old unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
It is important to know the history of your child's car seat in case of the following:
Heatstroke is when a person's temperature exceeds 104 degrees. Never leave your child alone in a car.
Safe Kids North Texas – Fort Worth wants to make sure child heatstroke deaths do not happen in our community. If you see a child unattended in a car, please call 9-1-1.
Toddlers and children want to explore. Be sure to check around the car for kids before you get in your car.
Keep your child safe while transitioning from passenger to driver.
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