Ok, maybe you don’t need a bulldozer to crush your used car seat, but you do need to make sure your seat is safe for your child’s use. Car seats were crushed at a Safe Kids Tarrant County, led by Cook Children’s, and TXDOT event as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The car seats being crush had either expired, been involved in a crash or in some way unsafe for others to use.
While it may be entertaining to watch a steamroller smash things, there was a serious purpose behind the car seats getting destroyed. The purpose was to let parents know that it’s important to know the history of the car seat.
From 2007 to 2011, 3,661 children were killed and an estimated 634,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes from 2007 to 2011, based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Crushing the seat will take these used seats “out of commission”, out of second-hand stores, garage sales, etc. When families purchase car seats in this fashion, they don’t know if the car seat has been in a crash, if the car seat has been rerouted incorrectly, been taken apart or mishandled, which if often the case. The common eye cannot see the safety issues which may result in injury/death to a child if used.
Safe Kids Tarrant County provides free car seat checks throughout the community for good reason. In our area, the misuse rate is consistently more than 90 percent. Safe Kids educates families on how to adjust and install child restraints safely for their child and vehicle. To make an appointment, please call 682-885-2634.