Collect Data & Put it to Use
Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians and instructors can input data collected at car seat check events into the National Digital Car Seat Check Form (NDCF) and then use that data to monitor trends and highlight issues encountered in the field.
Data can be input using a mobile app or tablet device. Visit carseatcheckform.org to create an account.
The form is intended to streamline the car seat check process and lead to additional advantages:
- Elimination of the paper trail that resulted from technicians keeping “paper archives”
- CPS organizations can access data immediately and use findings to assist in development of educational materials and fundraising efforts
- Car seat and vehicle manufacturers will be able to make use of data to identify gaps and make product improvements
The standardized form was developed by Tennessee Tech University iCube in an effort led by the National Safety Council and its partners, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah.
Resources to Support Use of the NDCF
- From Creating an Account to Entering Data: How-To Guide
- Get Answers: Digital Check Form FAQs
- Learn how to use the National Digital Car Seat Check Form App
- Find additional information on the NDCF Video Playlist
- PDF Check Form v4.7
- Year One Preliminary Data Findings_March 2020
- NDCF Guidance for use during CPST Certification Courses
- NDCF Use Methods
- Safe Ride News Resources to support Virtual Car Seat Checks
- NDCF Guidance Document for Virtual Car Seat Checks
- NDCF Tablet Application
- Virtual Car Seat Check Sign Offs for Recertification
- With questions, please email [email protected]
We Want to Hear From You!
- Webinar: For Current NDCF Users; Post-Webinar Survey
- Webinar: For NDCF Non-Users; Post-Webinar Survey
The NDCF is transforming the way child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) record, track, and retrieve car seat check data. These webinars provide an update about this free resource as presenters share innovative ways data collection is enhancing child passenger safety (CPS) programs locally and nationally.
The research firm Westat has implemented a robust data analysis and shares highlights of the field data collected from CPSTs nationally, including the first look at an overall misuse rate, most common errors by child restraint type, and other findings of interest. Learn how child restraint and vehicle manufacturers are using NDCF data to track trends and identify patterns of misuse that can ultimately result in changes to enhance product effectiveness.
For a limited time post-webinar survey links will be available to collect feedback from NDCF users and non-users to aid the NDCF program team in enhancing this resource for technicians as it continues to evolve and meet the needs of as many CPSTs as possible. We hope you will consider submitting your feedback. Thank you in advance!