The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is joining safety advocates statewide to remind parents of the importance of always buckling up their children.

As part of its September “Save Me with a Seat” campaign, TxDOT is encouraging parents to avoid the most common mistakes when it comes to child safety seats: failing to select the seat that is appropriate for the child’s age and size, and failing to correctly install it. Parents can sign up for a free child safety seat check-up at any of TxDOT’s 25 district offices.

“We want to help parents prevent the kind of tragedy no mother or father should have to endure,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “That’s why we’re making a special push this month to encourage parents and caregivers to have one of our certified technicians ensure they’re not only using the right seat for their child but also that it’s properly installed.”

Leading up to National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 23–29, TxDOT is partnering with Build-A-Bear Workshop® to hold outreach events at malls in five Texas cities. While specialists are conducting safety seat demonstrations and answering parents’ questions about correct safety seat use, Build-A-Bear® will provide hands-on activities for children. Find a workshop.

TxDOT’s free safety seat inspections are available weekdays throughout the year and take about 20 to 30 minutes. To schedule a seat check-up with a TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, visit and enter your ZIP code to find the nearest TxDOT district office.