Are you responsible for transporting children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews and want to learn more about using car seats and boosters correctly? Take an hour and complete Car Seat Basics, a FREE e-learning: https://www.cpsboard.org/courses/car-seat-basics/
How strong are you? Not strong enough. You’d need 500 pounds of restraining force to hold onto a 20-pound child when a car traveling at 25 mph comes to a sudden stop. Use an appropriate car seat, every trip.
Have your car seat inspected and have one less thing to stress over. To find an inspection station near you, visit https://bit.ly/2xys3NS
Kids learn from our example. Make sure you teach them about safety from the very beginning by buckling up before every trip. DYK: 92% of children are restrained when the driver is. Only 68% of children are restrained when the driver is not buckled up.
Why not add another skill set and see how you can impact your community through child passenger safety? Become a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician: https://cert.safekids.org/become-tech
TECHS: Now, it’s easier than ever to check on car seat recalls using the National Digital Check Form. Learn how to create an account, get answers to frequently asked questions and watch tutorial videos: https://www.cpsboard.org/ndcf/
How do car seats and seat belts protect children? Here’s the scoop!
What’s that old saying? Practice makes perfect! Well, that saying applies to the National Digital Check Form and all new users. Practice as much as you’d like before heading out to your next seat check event. Create a free account: carseatcheckform.org
Remember this teaching aid that CPST-I Sue Emery invented to show kids—and caregivers—the benefits of boosters and proper belt fit? Sue would teach that the weight-x-speed force on a child’s tummy is like squeezing a Twinkie—the outer cake might stay whole, but the insides are never quite the same again. Effective!
If your child is ready to use a seat belt, ensure the seat belt fits correctly: The seat belt should lie across the upper thighs and be snug across the shoulder and chest. Remember that seat belts should never rest on the stomach area or across the face.
FF Seats: Car seat misuse is far too common. Double-check these points to make sure your forward-facing child is riding safely.
RF Seats: Car seat misuse is far too common. Double-check these points to make sure your rear-facing child is riding safely.
Did you know many child passenger safety technicians can meet with you virtually to discuss car seat use and installation? To find a technician near you: https://bit.ly/3jfRvkt
Learn more about car seat safety at cpsboard.org/car-seat-safety
Stop with the excuses! Buckle up — every seat, every time. Seat belts save lives.
We want to hear from you! How do you encourage caregivers to keep their child rear-facing until they reach the maximum weight or height limits of the car seat?
A booster seat raises and positions a child so the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt fits properly. CPS Technicians can help you decide if your child should be in a backless or high-back booster.
A sure-fire way to upset your kid? Change her car seat to FF before she reaches the max height/weight limits for RF.
It’s Better with Tether: Always use a tether with a forward-facing car seat that is installed with your vehicle’s seat belt or by using lower anchors as long as it is permitted. Check the car seat manual and the vehicle owner’s manual.