Motor Vehicle Saftey for Birth to 4 Years of Age

Child Passenger Safety Education Program

The correct and consistent use of car seats can reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children stay rear-facing in their car seats until the age of 2 or until a child reaches the upper weight and height limits of his car seat. Children should then stay forward-facing until they reach their seat's upper weight and height limits for that position. The CPS Education program at the Injury Prevention Center offers several services for the public to save lives and prevent injuries of children in motor vehicle crashes.

Current activities of the Child Passenger Safety Education program include:

  • Providing educational workshops on the basics of child passenger safety.
  • Conducting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration child passenger training courses to train CPS technicians.
  • Loaning child safety seats to parents and caregivers.
  • Conducting child safety seat check-ups for parents and caregivers to ensure correct installation of child seats. Learn more by calling 501-364-3400.
  • Coordinating a statewide child safety seat distribution program for communities with certified CPS technicians. This distribution program provides seed resources to organizations that have or are establishing CPS activities or have opportunities to access children from vulnerable populations throughout the state.
  • Funding for the CPS program originates with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is administered through the Highway Safety Office of the Arkansas State Police.

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