Recent Crash Has Basin Parents Concerned 6/22/13
June 22, 2013
Araceli Gomez worries about her daughter Lexi and niece Aubrey like any mother. The increase in traffic and deadly wrecks has her especially worried.
"My daughter is my pride and joy," she said.
For Gomez, a proper car seat is top priority.
Research suggest that some 70 percent of car seats arenít correctly installed and more times than not, parents aren't sure of what type of seat is right for their child.
From age zero to two experts recommend a rear facing car seat.
From two to four they recommend a forward facing car seat.
Texas law then calls for a booster seat up to the age of eight but child safety advocates say children should be in a booster seat until they are 4í9, regardless of age.
"We're always willing to help them," said Joe Hernandez, Service Manager for West Texas Nissan.
He says car seats shouldn't budge more than an inch in any direction and to use the latches that come standard in many cars. Still, he warns parents that every car is different and its important to read the car manuals
"And that's why we typically direct them to the owner manual because every vehicle is different," he said.
He says his dealership also installs car seats if parents prefer professional installations.
Child safety is something Gomez takes to heart. She says she always buckles her daughter in regardless of how far they are traveling.
"Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye so if I were to not take the one minute to tie her in something horrible could happen. And so anytime we go anywhere, even if it's just down the street, I make sure that she's nice and tied in"
For more information check out http://www.safekids.org/