Dell Children’s expands car seat inspections to Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson counties

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is expanding its Kids in Cars program to reach outside of Travis County. A $320,000 Texas Department of Transportation grant will make it possible for Kids in Cars to expand to sites in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson counties.

It’s important to make sure the car seat is installed correctly and in the right place in the car. 2007 Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

“It’s rewarding to be able to help families get their car seats inspected and make sure they’re using them correctly,” said Stewart Williams, manager of the injury prevention program at Dell Children’s, in a press release. “There’s a huge need for families in rural areas to get this type of instruction and we look forward to helping,” Williams said.


Kids in Cars added these inspection sites:

  • Elgin Fire Department
  • Lockhart Police Department
  • First United Methodist Church of Johnson City
  • Kyle Fire Department
  • Georgetown Fire Department

Inspections are done by certified child passenger safety technicians and help educate parents how to safely use the car seats. Here’s what technicians can do:

  • Install car seats and booster seats
  • Answer any related questions caregivers may have
  • Ensure children are riding as safely as possible in the family’s vehicle
  • Distribute safety seats for families who qualify for assistance based on need

You can make an appointment by calling 512-324-TOTS.

And if you’re in Travis County, you can get your car seat inspected at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Even if you got your car seat professionally installed before your child is born, it’s a good idea to get an inspection as kids age and as kids move up to different types of car seats or as you change the way you use that car seat as kids age. We all know that the instructions on car seats sometimes feel written in Klingon, right? Two college graduates couldn’t figure our kids’ car seats out.


Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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