Press release courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation Abilene District:
Abilene Car Seat Check-Up and Resource Fair
Information, resources and hands-on safety instructions for proper installation of child safety seats to protect children on "Seat Check" Saturday.
ABILENE – On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Texas Department of Transportation Abilene District, Goodwill West Texas, and the D. R. I. V. E. Safe Coalition will host a Car Seat Check-Up and Resource Fair to conclude National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 17-Sept. 23, 2022.
Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children in the nation, so the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding parents that one of the most important things they can do to protect children is to properly install and use a car seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that 46% of all child car seats are misused.
During the event, certified child passenger technicians will provide hands-on instructions on how to correctly place a child in a child safety seat, assist parents with the installment of child safety seats, offer tips on how to choose the appropriate safety seat based on the child’s age, height, and weight, and ensure that child safety seats have not been recalled or expired.
“It’s extremely important that parents schedule a car seat check,” said TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams. “Ensuring car seats are installed correctly is one of the most important things a parent or caregiver can do to protect the smallest occupants in a crash.”
The event will take place on “Seat Check” Saturday, Sept. 23rd at Goodwill Abilene, 2200 N. 1st St. from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM under the big blue awnings at Kirkwood and 2130 N. 2nd St.
For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, Jill Christie, at Jill.Christi@txdot.gov or (325) 676-6808 or Abilene Public Information Officer, Alaisha Montanez, at Alaisha.Montanez@txdot.gov or (325) 676-6817.