EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The National Highway Safety Administration estimates roughly three out of four child car seats are installed incorrectly.
TxDot and the Doña Ana County Fire Department are all aware of the statistics and are taking action to inform the public of car seat safety.
The Doña Ana County Fire Department recently received special training on how to properly install car seats, making for a safer trip for your child. Now, they're helping the community make sure their own children are buckled in tight.
"Most people prior to the class don't have the full understanding how to properly use child safety seats," Jaime Michael from Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department said.
Michael provided training to firefighters so they can use the tools to make sure all car seats are properly installed.
"in fact, for infants that are rear-facing, it can reduce the likely hood of death by 80 percent," she said. "Children two and younger should ride rear-facing and you should have a car seat that is the right size for their height and weight"
Doña Ana County will start public training sessions the first Wednesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sisbarro Pontiac in Las Cruces.
TxDot will be hosting their next car seat check on Friday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the TxDot District Offices located at 13301 Gateway West in Far East El Paso.