Car seat
Child Seat Safety Is Highly Questionable in Texas

The statistics are alarming. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14 in the United States. In 2016, 35% of kids who died in crashes were not restrained at all. Even among parents who do use car seats and other restraints for their young children, misuse is rampant. An estimated 72% to 84% of kids are not properly buckled into correctly installed seats appropriate for their age and size. This is startlingly incongruous with another stat: 96% of parents say they believe their children’s seats are installed the right way. This ignorance puts young lives in danger — across Texas and the entire country.

The good news: Texas lawmakers, led by representative Chris Turner of North Texas, are taking steps to update state law regarding child safety seats, a move that will give …

Dangerous Toys
Toys on the Naughty List: This Year’s Most Dangerous Toys

Parents need to use good information and common sense to keep their kids safe and away from dangerous toys. Every year toy sellers are eager to make as much money as they can during this, the most wonderful, time of the year.

Consumer safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) unveiled this year’s list of most dangerous toys last month. They’re advising the public not to buy them because of the potential harm they may cause.

They include, according to Fox Business News:

  • Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites: These are soft Pillow Pets sold as nightlights for infants’ rooms. Nella features a small, felt-like flower and a heart tag. If removed, they could cause choking, and your child may never wake up. The manufacturer also warns of possible battery acid leakage … never a

School Bus Driver Shortage Could Have Safety Implications
School Bus Driver Shortage Could Have Safety Implications

When any organization or industry has a labor shortage, they may have to take extraordinary measures to fill a role. When that role is driving children, what are the implications for child safety?

This is not a hypothetical situation in Texas, where the transportation director for the Round Rock Independent School District faced the beginning of the school year needing to fill more than 20 bus driver positions.

“When my day starts off, the first thing I do — me and my supervisors — we look at who we can hire out there. Who’s applied for jobs,” Scott Copeland told KXAN-TV. “We hire people in as quick as we can.”

And candidates aren’t easy to find, Copeland says—at a recent job fair, “we put banners out and we only had three people show up.”

In Dallas, officials were considering …

Recent Tragedy Calls Safety of Texas Child Care Institutions into Question
Recent Tragedy Calls Safety of Texas Child Care Institutions into Question

On a mid-July afternoon, a bus returned to the Discovering Me Academy day care center in northwest Houston after a field trip. Nobody noticed that one of the children, 3-year-old Raymond Pryer Jr., stayed on the bus.

Nobody found the boy, called “RJ” by his family, until his father arrived to take him home that evening, more than three-and-a-half hours later. By then, RJ had died inside the bus, which had reached 113 degrees.

As of late August, Houston police were still investigating the incident, and no criminal charges have been filed, the Houston Chronicle reports. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is also still investigating.

“It seems to me this is just gross negligence,” said Alan Rosen, the constable of Precinct 1 in Harris County, at the time. “It’s just tragic.”

In August, RJ’s parents filed …