Do you know how to keep kids safe in the car? Apparently, lots of people don't. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children aged three to 14 years old. Research shows that car seats reduce the risk of being fatally injured in a car accident by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.

The NHTSA also estimates that the lives of almost 10,000 children were saved by child restraints from 1975 to 2014.

The agency makes the following car seat recommendations to keep kids safe while in the car:

  • Birth to 12 months: rear-facing car seat.
  • 1 to 7 years of age: forward-facing car seat.
  • 4 to 12 years of age: booster seat with harness and tether.
  • 8 to 13+ years of age: seat belt.

In 2014, Texas led the nation in car accident fatalities for children at 145 deaths. Although Texas law only requires child safety seats for children ages seven and under, every child unable to properly wear a seat belt should be restrained in a moving vehicle. The NHTSA also recommends you keep children under 12 in the back seat for added safety.

Texas summers are brutally hot, and children should never be left unattended for even a minute in a closed vehicle. Infants and toddlers are especially susceptible to overheating and they are much less able to lower their body temperatures by sweating than adults. In just a few minutes, a car’s internal temperature can rise more than 20 degrees, leading to severe injury or death.

For more information, visit safercar.gov.

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