Safety Seat Inspections
The Texas Transportation Code 545.412 states:
A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle or light truck and transports a child who is younger than 8 years of age and less than 4'9" in height and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle, in a child safety seat according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.
A fine up to $200.00
WHEN CAN A CHILD RIDE IN A REGULAR SEAT BELT?
When the child is sitting straight against the back of the vehicle seat with knees bent comfortably at the edge of the seat. The shoulder belt is snug across the chest and lies on the child’s shoulder NOT their neck. The lap belt fits snugly across strong hips or upper thighs.
NEVER ALLOW A CHILD TO PLACE THE SHOULDER BELT UNDERNEATH THEIR ARM OR BEHND THEIR BACK!
Infants should ride rear facing until they are at least 1 year old AND weigh at least 20 pounds. Harness straps should be threaded through slots that are at or BELOW shoulder level
TODDLERS 1 to 4 YEARS OLD:
Children over 1 year old and weighing 20 to 40 pounds can ride forward facing. Harness straps should be threaded through slots that are at or ABOVE shoulder level.
A forward facing seat only or combination seat can be used for a child at least 1 year old & weighing more than 20 pounds.
YOUNG KIDS 4 to 8 YEARS OLD:
Children 4 to 8 years old and weighing over 40 pounds can use a booster seat until the child fits properly in a regular seat belt. A “High Back” or “Low Back” booster seat should ONLY be used with the vehicles' lap and shoulder belt.
Car seat checks by appointment