Child Passenger Safety
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. In 2018, 636 children under age 13 were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to Injury Facts. Properly securing children in car seats that meet federal motor vehicle safety standards goes a long way in keeping them safe. The National Safety Council believes child restraint systems should go beyond state requirements, because too often state laws are no match for the laws of physics.
Brooke Ice owes her life to a properly fitted car seat. Her mother had her car seat checked just two weeks before a very serious collision. Brooke, a firefighter, now plans to become a certified car seat technician.
Recognizing the need to capture data from car seat check events, NSC led a groundbreaking effort to develop a standardized National Digital Car Seat Check Form in partnership with Tennessee Tech University iCube, child passenger safety technicians, and with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah.
The National Digital Car Seat Check Form presents an unprecedented opportunity to develop a nationwide database that can be used to improve car seat safety programs, influence car seat and vehicle design, and provide insight into the misuse of car seats, booster seats and seat belts. This standardized electronic form is available to CPS Technicians around the U.S.
NSC has managed the National Child Passenger Safety Board since its inception in the late 1990s. Its mission is to oversee and maintain the technical quality and relevance of the curriculum for the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. Certified child passenger safety technicians and instructors work in the field to help families and caregivers safely transport children.
The Board works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which ensures the technical accuracy of the curriculum, and the National Child Passenger Safety Certification program, which is responsible for the certification and re-certification processes. The Board provides input from their representative organizations and from the field to ensure the ongoing significance of the national child passenger safety program in keeping children safe. Learn more here.
Over the past 20 years, more than 800 children have died in all but three U. S. states, and deaths have occurred during every month of the year. NSC now offers a free Children in Hot Cars e-learning course to assist everyone in understanding this preventable cause of death and why children are at greater risk.
According to noheatstroke.org:
Learn more about kids and hot cars.
Motor-vehicle crashes continue to be the No. 1 cause of death for U.S. teens. According to Injury Facts, 2,142 teens were killed in vehicle crashes in 2018.
Yes, these statistics are frightening. That's why teen driver safety is an NSC initiative. Learn why a teen's biggest threat is sitting on the driveway and what you can do to protect your child – from having them sign a safe-driving contract to signing up for the weekly Digital Driving Coach.