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Nice afternoon with a couple of small showers as weak front moved back north as a warm front. Some fog again tonight but should be more low clouds as enough wind should keep the fog from being to widespread. An upper level disturbance will pass north of the area late tomorrow with T-storms in northeast Texas. Big question is will the ...

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Information from the Texas Department of Public Safety website:

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY AND SAFETY BELT
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Texas law for child passenger safety?
All children younger than 8 years old, unless taller than 49, are required to be in the appropriate child safety seat system wherever they ride in a passenger vehicle. The safety seat system MUST be installed according to the manufacturers instructions.

Another way of saying this is: When a child reaches their 8th birthday no matter their height, it is legal for the child to use only the adult safety belt in the passenger vehicle.

However, the best safety practice is: if the child is not yet 49, they are better protected if they continue to use the appropriate child safety seat system until they can properly fit in the adult safety belt.

What is a passenger vehicle?
A "passenger vehicle" is a passenger car, sport utility vehicle, truck, light truck, truck tractor or a passenger van designed to transport 15 or fewer occupants, including the driver. (Buses are not included in this definition)

What are the recommended four stages of child passenger safety?
1. Rear-Facing Seat: Infants stay rear-facing as long as possible to the upper weight limits of the harness but never forward-facing before their first birthday and 20-22 pounds.
2. Forward-Facing Seat: Toddlers go forward-facing in a five-point harness until the upper limits of the harness, usually 40-65 pounds.
3. Booster Seat: Children from about age four up to 49 tall.
4. Adult Safety Belt: From 49 and taller.
Where do I go to have my car/booster seat checked, get assistance in learning how to use it, or to have hands-on experience with a certified technician?
A national list of certified child passenger safety technicians is found at:
http://cert.safekids.org./

 

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