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BUCKLING UP BABIES

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Thanks to the new Child Safety Program at the Dallas/ Fort Worth Regional Airport, Metroplex residents can comply with the new child-safety laws without investing in a car seat when a favorite grandchild or other young relative visits.

Passengers flying in and out of D/FW can rent a child passenger safety seat for the duration of the child’s stay in the area. Seats rent for $25, of which $20 is refundable when the seat is returned.

Although Texas is among the last states to enforce a child-safety program, airport executive director Ernest E. Dean says that D/FW is the first airport to support a child-safety program. Anyone with a round-trip ticket can rent one of the 75 seats available at the Airport Assistance Center, a United Way affiliate located in terminal 2W.

The plan comes at a time when a new Texas law makes it mandatory for children 4 years of age and younger to be confined to a child passenger safety seat while riding in a motor vehicle.

The purpose of the program, says Dean, is to increase the use of child-safety seats, which will reduce the number of young children killed in car accidents.

In Texas, more than 654 children age 4 and under were killed in automobile accidents between the years 1973 and 1983.

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