Sep 18, 2013 9:13 AM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - With motor vehicle accidents the number one killer for children, it's important to parents that their kids are strapped into their car seats properly. What many parents don't know, however, is that the majority of child car seats are not installed properly. In fact, parents improperly install child safety seats 80% of the time, leaving their child vulnerable in an accident situation.
Tiffany Collie, Driscoll Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Specialist, says the seats reduce a child's risk of death by 71%. Collie says children 8 years old or younger should use some sort of safety seat; any child 4 feet 9 inches or shorter should use one as well.
To ensure that more parents install their child's car seats properly, They're hosting an inspection session on Saturday morning next to Driscoll Children's Hospital on Alameda just behind the Health Services building. The demonstrations will happen from 10am-1pm. For more information about the event, call the injury prevention program's main line: (361) 694-6700.