Child Car Seat Inspections
Georgetown Fire Department and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas are working together to provide child car seat inspections.
Georgetown Fire Department provides car seat inspections and fittings alongside Dell Children’s Kids in Cars team.
Click here to read more about the Kids in Cars Program, to schedule an appointment at one of our regularly scheduled events, or for additional resources.
GFD scheduled events typically take place on the first Tuesday of each month at Fire Station 1 (301 Industrial Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626) Caregivers should contact 512-324-TOTS (8687) to check availability and/or schedule a car seat inspection. .
If you are in need of a car seat inspection and are unable to attend a regularly scheduled event, individual inspections may be scheduled by calling Deputy Fire Marshal Jonathan Gilliam at 512-930-8092
All About Car Seats, from the Dell Children’s Resources Site
Texas Child Passenger Safety Law
Texas law requires that children be secured in a child safety seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old, or until they are 4 foot 9 inches tall.
Children 0-2 Years
Children should remain rear-facing at least until 2 years old or until they reach the maximum rear-facing height or weight limit of their seat before graduating to a forward-facing seat.
Children 2-4 Years
When children outgrow a rear-facing car seat around 2 years old, they should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness system. It is safer for children to remain in a forward-facing car seat rather than a booster, until they reach the upper height or weight limit of the harnesses – usually around 50lbs.
Children 4 Years +
After children reach age 4 and at least 40 lbs, a booster seat must always be used with a lap and shoulder belt. A booster seat helps the seat belt to fit your child properly across their shoulder and low on their hips. It is usually safest to keep your child in a booster seat until they are 4 foot 9 inches tall, regardless of age as long as they are still within the height and weight limitations of the booster seat.
For children over 8 years old, the Seat Belt Fit Test can help you determine if your child is ready to use a seat belt without a booster seat.
All children under age 13 should ride properly restrained in the back seat of a vehicle away from airbags.
General Car Seat Tips
It’s important to know the history of your car seat. It is not recommended to use a secondhand car seat or a car seat that has been involved in a crash. If you are unsure of your car seat’s history, it should be replaced.
Car seats expire after 6 years. Check the stickers on the frame of your car seat for the manufacture date.
Read your car seat user manual to learn about the specific features of your car seat and how to install it correctly.
Remember, the best car seat is the one that is the right size for your child, fits appropriately in your vehicle, and one that you are able to install correctly every time!