Did You Know?
- Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States.
- Of those children ages 8 and under who died in vehicle crashes in 2014, 26 percent were not restrained by an age-appropriate device such as an infant seat, booster seat or seat belt.
- Children should ride in a vehicle back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
Working For Change
One of the greatest achievements in child injury prevention has been in child passenger safety.
Safe Kids hosts child restraint inspection events across the country. At these events, certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians teach families how to transport children correctly. They also help make sure everyone in a vehicle is buckled up on every ride. Most events are open to the public. You’ll find them in central locations such as General Motors dealerships, hospitals, community centers and shopping centers around the country.
Mobile Car Seat Checkup Vans
Safe Kids also has more than 125 Mobile Car Seat Checkup Vans serving families across the United States. Each Chevrolet van is specially designed to turn any parking lot into a full-service child restraint safety event site. Almost every state has at least one van in operation.
Safe Kids coalitions operate about 500 permanent child passenger safety inspection stations throughout the United States. Inspection stations are open at regular times and dates to teach parents and caregivers how to safely transport children. You’ll find them in central locations such as General Motors dealerships, hospitals, fire stations and insurance companies. Find an inspection station near you.
Our advocacy work includes monitoring laws and helping states strengthen their laws to ensure that infants and small children are in child restraint systems in vehicles, vehicles are safer and strong drunk driving laws to protect everyone.
Our work to promote child passenger safety is made possible by General Motors and the General Motors Foundation, widely recognized for their continuing commitment and dedication to children and families.
We also offer the following tools to teach and remind families about child passenger safety:
- Motor Vehicle Safety Fact Sheet
- Child Passenger Safety Tip Sheet
- Learn more about how to keep your child safe while riding in the car