Volunteers educate parents during Lufkin car seat inspection

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The child passenger safety check up event took place Friday in the Kmart parking lot. Parents had the chance to get their child's safety seat inspected and many of them received new car seats.

Kid Safe, TXDOT and the Pregnancy Help Center put their child safety training together to help many children Friday.

Kid Safe said they see a large number of misuse in the area when it comes to a child's safety seat.

"The misuse rate is really high; it's 98.9 percent. Parents are using child safety seats but unfortunately there's a lot of misuse when it comes to the harness, or the child is not in the weight or height requirement of the seat," said child safety coordinator Gina Torres.

Gina Torres said seven new technicians were recently certified to inspect car seats for families.

"We're checking for recalls, if the child restraints are appropriate for the child and if the child's within the height and weight requirement of the child restraint,' Torres said. "If the child safety seat has been involved in a crash, most manufacturers replace the child restraint. Most parents don't know that."

Torres said children should stay in a car seat at a minimum of four years and 40 pounds, and should stay in a booster seat until they are 4'9'' tall.

"Our job is to educate, so we want to increase awareness," Torres said.

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