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Child Passenger Safety

Did You Know?

  • Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States.
  • When installed and used correctly, child safety seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent among infants, 54 percent among toddlers and 45 percent among children ages 4 – 8.
  • Children should ride in a vehicle back seat until they are 13 years old.

Protecting Kids in Cars

One of the 15 greatest achievements in child injury prevention has been in child passenger safety. New babies are born every day and as kids grow their safety needs change. Parents and caregivers need to pay attention to those changes for at least age 13 when a child can correctly wear an adult seat belt.

Safe Kids hosts car seat checkup events across the country. At these events, certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians teach families how to transport children correctly. They also encourage everyone in a vehicle to buckle up on every ride. While most community events are open to the public at central locations such as General Motors dealerships, hospitals, fire departments, community centers and shopping centers, inspection stations may operate by appointment at a fixed location.

Find a Safe Kids child restraint checkup event near you.

Inspection Stations

Safe Kids coalitions operate more than 800 permanent child passenger safety inspection stations throughout the United States. Inspection stations are open at regular times and dates and may have set appointments for parents and caregivers to learn to safely transport children. You’ll find them in central locations such as General Motors dealerships, hospitals, fire stations and insurance companies.

Advocating to Protect Kids in Cars

Our advocacy work includes monitoring and helping our coalitions strengthen their state laws to ensure that child passengers of all ages are in the right restraint for their age, weight and height. We also advocate for safer vehicles and strong impaired driving laws to protect everyone.

Partnering with General Motors to Save Lives

Our work to promote child passenger safety is made possible by our long-standing sponsor General Motors who is widely recognized in the field for their continuing commitment to child passenger safety.

Additional Resources

We also offer the following tools to teach and remind families about child passenger safety: