DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR
MARBLE FALLS — Car seats are one of the most important pieces of child safety equipment, yet there’s a good chance yours might be unsafe.
“About 90 percent of the ones we see are installed incorrectly,” said Kevin Naumann, operations director of the Marble Falls Area EMS. “There can be a lot of differences in how a seat goes in, but it’s so important to get them installed correctly.”
The EMS is hosting a car seat fitting station 1-4 p.m. June 29 at the station, 609 Industrial Blvd. The Austin Travis County EMS is sponsoring the event as well.
The best way to get a spot is to schedule an appointment by calling (512) 972-SAFE or emailing EMSPubEd@austintexas.gov.
“This is a chance to come by and make sure your car seat is installed properly,” Naumann said. “And there’s no cost.”
The child who uses the car seat must be present.
Under Texas law, a child under 8, unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches, must be in a federally approved car seat while in a vehicle. The state also has guidelines on what type of seat (standard or booster) and how it is placed (rear facing or forward facing).
The Marble Falls Area EMS recommends parents and child-care providers check out the Safe Kids website at safekids.org for more information regarding keeping children safe in cars, home or at play.
During the car seat clinic, someone specially trained in car seat installation will be on hand to provide information and tips on securing a seat.
“We mostly show (caregivers) how to do it and let them do it,” Naumann said. “That’s the goal: to educate the parent or family member so they know how to install the seat. So when they take it out and put it back in or put it into a different car, they’ll know how to do it correctly.”