Which car seat is right for your child?

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The month of April is Child Safety Month. So what can you do to protect your child?

     Car seats are a common way to save children

Car seats are a common way to save children's lives.

It might surprise you to know that car crashes are the number one killer of children, in this country;
that applies to kids ages 12 and younger.
April is child safety month, KGNS News Reporter Orlando Garza offers some important information to keep your child from becoming part of that statistic.
For Solidad Gonzalez, the daily trip to school requires more than having her grandson jump into the back seat, it takes preparation.
"Yo se que es algo muy importante para la vida de ellos."
Gonzalez straps her grandchildren into car seats, before hitting the road, to keep them safe.
In 2010, an average of two children were killed in car crashes, another 325 were injured.
Experts says those numbers can be cut in half, just by using the correct child safety seat,"a lot of times it's not us the driver that crashes but people crashing into us."
Some things to consider, select a car seat based on your child's age and size and keep your child in a rear-facing seat as long as possible.
A lot of times we find that as the child gets older some parents tend to stick their kids in the back seat with just a seat belt but under Texas law a child has to be 4'9" and 8-years-old to use an adult seat belt."
Gonzalez says it's time well spent, where the lives of her grandkids are concerned.
"Every parent that values their kids life will check the car seat, taking the time to check doesn't compare to the lives of your kids."
One more important note about putting your kid in a car seat, regardless of the type.
Take off any bulky coats or jackets, the straps should be firm against the child's chest.

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