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Did you know...

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children?
  • More than 90% of the car seats checked have one or more errors?
  • Keep your child rear facing as long as possible. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they are two years old or until he/she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat's manufacturer?
  • A child isn't ready to fit into an adult seat belt until they are 4'9"?
  • A Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician can help you choose the appropriate seat for your child and help you with the correct installation?

What is a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST)?

A CPST has attended and passed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized child passenger safety technician certification course. This course combines classroom instruction, hands-on work with car seats and vehicles, and a community safety seat checkup event, where students demonstrate proper use and installation of child restraints and safety belts and then teach these skills to parents. Successful completion of this course certifies the individual as a CPS Technician for two years. This course was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through Safe Kids Worldwide.

What should you, as a parent or caregiver, expect from a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST)?

The one-on-one education of a safety check usually takes 20-30 minutes, depending on the car seat and the vehicle. The CPST should take all the time necessary to ensure that you feel competent and confident in re-securing the car seat into the vehicle and re-buckling your child into his or her car seat on your own.

How can I find a CPST in my area?

Click on Find a Child Passenger Safety Technician on your right and make the call to have your child's car seat checked.