Parents can make sure their child is properly seated in their vehicle with the help of a free Texas A&M Agrilife Extension's Car Seat Check up.

The event is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 26 at the old HEB parking lot, located on the corner of 1st Street and Almond Street. 

Elaine Montemayor-Gonzalez, Jim Wells County Extension Agent, said statistics show that most car seats are not used properly.

"Eight out of Ten car seats are installed incorrectly and it can be as easy as adjusting minor things to the whole seat being expired or it might not be the right fit for the child," she said.

More than 20 community professionals will take Child Passenger Safety Technology Training for three days and test their knowledge on the checkup day. Teachers of the classes will monitor students at the check up event and determine whether the trainee is worthy of certification.

The event is open to the public and will provide parents with information regarding their child's safety when riding in vehicles.

"The community gets to learn about how important it is to have their children in the right seat. If there were an accident, we need to make sure they are protected," she said.

Montemayor-Gonzalez said it is important for the child to be there so the trainees can check their weight and height and to see if the child is properly seated.

According to Montemayor-Gonzalez, there will be 14 car seats available for community members whose car seat did not pass inspection and is expired or in need of a new seat.

The event is sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Passenger Safety Project in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation.