In July, the world watched as Prince William and Duchess Kate escorted their new addition, Prince George, home from the hospital. Of all of the possible newsworthy topics, what captured everyone’s attention was the new dad carrying baby George’s car seat. Whether a child safety advocate, news outlet, or proud parent, the world was abuzz with this topic. Some even worried that royal couple had not secured the straps properly around the young prince.
As a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, I have been trained to educate families on the proper way to use their car seats. It is estimated that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly. You and your family do not have to be a statistic. There are approximately 36,000 certified car seat technicians around the world, even in London and right here in Houston. The Center for Childhood Injury Prevention staff at Texas Children’s Hospital leads a large network of local technicians who offer free car seat inspections at nearly 20 locations across the Greater Houston Area.
On Saturday, September 21, Texas Children’s Hospital, Safe Kids Greater Houston, and AAA will be hosting a free car seat check event in honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week. This free community car seat check will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Houston Community College West Loop Campus, located at 5601 West Loop South. This event is one of many ways that we help ensure our children are riding safely in our local area. We hope that families will utilize this free service and join us for this event.
They may not be third in line to the throne, but you need to make sure that your little prince or princess is sitting in the correct seat when travelling in your family car. Even in a minor crash, unrestrained children can be thrown about inside the vehicle, injuring themselves and others.
For more information, call 832-822-2277 or visit www.safekidsgreaterhouston.com.