Cars & Car seat safety checks done to protect

Harris County Sheriff Deputy Card show to this girl’s parents how to properly secure a child so the belt does not scrape the child’s neck during a community car seat check up at Northline Commons at Crosstimbers and I-45 North last Thursday.

Last Thursday, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) held its annual free car safety clinic and car seat check ups to aid motorists with vehicles experiencing trouble on Houston highways.

The event took place at Northline Commons, located at 4400 North Freeway, Houston, TX, 77022.

AAA Texas Approved Auto Repair shop technicians were on hand to conduct a free 38-point visual maintenance inspections for the public at the drive-thru event.

The HCSO deputies and Safe Kids Greater Houston were also on site to offer free car seat checks.

Making sure a child is in the proper restraint system, car seat or booster seat can help provide protection in the event of a car crash. HCSO Deputy Hall explained if an item on the back seat of your car hits a child during an accident, it can caused severe damaged. “Just multiply the speed you are going times 3 and that is the velocity the item could hit the child.” He recommends to place all loose items in the trunk of the car.

“By state law, a child must use a car seat if he/she is 8 years of age and who are shorther than 4 feet 9 inches,” said HCSO Sergeant Hall.

People who attended the event received a goody bag, educational information about vehicle repairs and maintenance and learned about car seat safety.