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Seat Belt & Child Seat Safety
Being properly secured while driving is essential at any age. Seat belt use is the single most effective way to prevent serious injuries and death in car crashes. Although over 85% of Oklahomans regularly wear their seat belts, more than half of all fatalities in passenger vehicles or pick-up trucks in 2016 were unrestrained.
Proper restraint is also critical for children. Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children, but many deaths can be prevented by properly and safely securing kids during every trip.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and our partners statewide work to educate the public about Oklahoma seat belt and child restraint laws and the importance of always wearing seat belts.
Be sure to follow all manufacturer recommendations on the car seat label. Car seats, booster seats and seat belts are developed to protect children based on their size, age and developmental level.
If you have any questions about whether your child's seat meets federal safety standards, if it’s been recalled or if yours is installed correctly, you can locate the nearest inspectation station and talk with a certified technician.
Safe Kids Oklahoma also offers car seat check events throughout the year. Find an event near you at Safe Kids Oklahoma or through Safe Kids Tulsa.