Las Palmas Medical Center and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) teamed up this summer to offer car seat safety checks to help parents prepare for the upcoming school year.

Certified child passenger safety nurses from Las Palmas Medical Center provided the safety checks, educating parents and caregivers on proper car seat installation. TxDOT also offered free car seats as replacements for those that failed inspection.

“The best way to protect your children in a vehicle is to put them in the right seat, in the right place within the car, facing the right direction every single time,” Marty Montano, interim director of pediatrics at Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “All of this information can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s critical to safety. Las Palmas Medical Center is committed to providing training and education that eliminate the guesswork.”

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of preventable death among children in the United States. A child’s safety in the car relies not only on having an appropriate car seat or booster seat but also using those restraint systems correctly. About half of car and booster seats are misused, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Learn more about the car seat safety checks from KTSM.