The National Child Passenger Safety Board

The mission of the National Child Passenger Safety Board is to save lives and prevent injuries by promoting child passenger safety through education, mentorship, engagement, and innovation. 

The Board works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids CPS Certification as follows:

  • NHTSA is responsible for assuring the technical accuracy of the curriculum used to teach child passenger safety instructors and technicians.
  • Safe Kids CPS Certification has responsibility, authority and liability for the certification and re-certification processes.

The standardized training program is managed by the National Safety Council.

History of the Board

In the mid-1990s, a small team of child passenger safety professionals was tasked by NHTSA to look at the national state of child passenger safety. The group, the Patterns for Life Team, recommended a standardized national curriculum and a national certification process for technicians. A standardized curriculum was created and AAA became the initial national certifying body.

This still left a need for input from those out in the field, and a group of CPS stakeholders including representatives from national and local organizations, vehicle and car seat manufacturers and injury prevention professionals. The group was formalized and the National Child Passenger Safety Board was created. The Board currently oversees the certification curriculum and makes recommendations to both NHTSA and the certifying body, now Safe Kids Worldwide.

Board Meeting Minutes

February 2019

November 2018

September 2018

July 2018

May 2018

March 2018

January 2018

November 2017

 

The CPS Board welcomes 2 new members for 2019

2019 Board Members

    • Chairperson
      Tammy Franks

    • Vice Chairperson
      Lt. Lonny Haschel

    • NHTSA Headquarters
      Laura Dunn

    • Certifying Body
      Kerry Chausmer

    • Board Secretariat
      Amy Artuso

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
      Marilyn J. Bull, MD

    • At-Large
      Charles Vits

    • Child Passenger Safety Advocate
      Tammy Franks

    • Child Passenger Safety Advocate
      Mike Chappell

    • Child Restraint Manufacturer
      Terry Emerson

    • Diversity
      Krystal Lindsey, J.D.

    • Governors Highway Safety Association
      Bob Stevens

    • Injury Prevention/Healthcare
      Dina Burstein, MD

    • Injury Prevention/Public Health
      Mandi Seethaler

    • Law Enforcement Representative
      Lt. Lonny Haschel

    • National Safety Council
      Ron Kremer

    • NHTSA Regions
      Judy A. Hammond, MS

    • Public Safety/Fire/EMS
      Cpt. Randy Chhabra

    • Safe Kids Worldwide
      Alexis Kagiliery

    • Vehicle Manufacturers Representative
      Jennifer Pelky


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