Child Passenger Safety

Children being hurt in cars is the leading cause of unintentional death and injury in the United States among children, which is why Safe Kids Pierce County focuses highly on child passenger safety.  Commonly referred to CPS, child passenger safety is a large issue for our area as parents are being educated on how to properly restrain their child in a car.

The Pierce County Child Passenger Safety Team is led by Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.  Mary Bridge and the Center for Childhood Safety is the home of our CPS Team and health educators who are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and can answer questions, including:

– How do I choose the right car seat for my child?
– Where can I get help installing it in my car correctly?
– How long does Washington law require that my child ride in a booster seat or sit in the back seat?
– Where can I purchase a carseat?

There are various resources available in this area, including community car seat checks and appointments to have your car seat checked or installed, as well as kits we loan out for community awareness.  One of those kits is Spot the Tot and more about it can be found on our Resources page.

Below is a video completed by KOMO 4 News in an attempt to capture a parent’s perspective of what they can see when they are behind the wheel.  It is a great visual to show parents how much they can (or cannot) see when a child is behind the vehicle.  Back overs are a growing concern in our area and we are dedicated to eliminating these preventable events.

Safe Kids Pierce County works to help parents and caregivers the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.  Due to rapidly rising temperatures (even in our state), the fatality rate is climbing weekly throughout the country.  As of September 1, 2013, the annual fatality rate of children from being left in hot cars is 32.  Three of those deaths occured in Washington State.  For more information on heatstroke and Never Leave Your Child Alone, please click here.

For more information about these programs or for questions about child passenger safety, please call the Mary Bridge Car Seat Help Line at (253) 403-1417.

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