* Safe Ride Helpline for Child Passenger Safety *
800/745-SAFE (English), 800/747-SANO (Spanish)

New Address and telephone number; no change to mailing address.
514 N Prospect Ave. L-6
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
NEW PHONE NUMBER: 310-318-5111

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Resources, Membership, & Order Forms

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Parents' Corner/Helpful Handouts

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Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course

March 3-6, 2020 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Harbor Community Police Station
2175 John S. Gibson Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Successful completion of the four-day class leads to national certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician for a two-year period. Students must be 18 or older. Students will pass the course if they attend the entire course and earn passing grades for 3 kinds of tests (written quizzes, hands-on skills assessments, and a safety seat checkup event).

TO ENROLL: Visit cert.safekids.org to create a user ID and register for the course with Safe Kids Worldwide, the certifying body. Pay the $95 fee to Safe Kids prior to the first day of class. Go to cert.safekids.org for full details. Questions about the class? Call 310/318-5111.

Sponsors: California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Pomona Police Department.
Major Supporters: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Community Station, and Torrance Fire Department


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Safety Seat Checkup
Friday, March 6, 2020
, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Del Amo Mall (lot next to L.A. Fitness)
3550 W. Carson St.
Torrance, CA 90503

Sponsors: California Office of Traffic Safety and Pomona Police Department
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, LAPD Harbor Community Station, Torrance Fire Department
Flyers: English, Spanish

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Educator Workshop
April 23, 2020
8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

This class prepares professionals and community volunteers to prevent injuries in traffic collisions. This workshop also is recommended as preparation for the national Standardized Training Course to become a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician or as an update for current CPSTs.

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Safety Seat Checkup
Sunday, April 26, 2020
, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sponsors: California Office of Traffic Safety and Pomona Police Department
Major support from Petersen Automotive Museum.

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Should Adults Use Add-Ons to Adjust Safety Belt Positioning?

There are products on the market which claim to improve belt fit for pregnant women. With data from a study using pictograms, researchers found that only 3.5% of North American women were wearing their safety belts correctly during pregnancy. We want to share the response we received with its picture of a real crash-test dummy.

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Available educational webinar for Head Start staff

Why and How Head Start Programs Can Integrate Child Passenger Safety

View a 10 minute clip.


Following the recent highly successful collaboration between California Head Start Association, T/TAS at Western Kentucky University, and SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., we are pleased to announce...read more

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California Child Passenger Safety Technicians: The next CA Technical Webinar is THURSDAY, April 16, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.

Look for an email inviting you to register.

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Warning: Fake and Unsafe Products
Many fake and unsafe products are being sold, especially online. These products put children’s lives at risk because they are not safe to use in a crash.

Car crashes produce huge forces. A 30-mile-per-hour crash creates the same amount of force as a fall from a 3-story building. Safety seats and booster seats are carefully designed to protect children from this force. They meet all federal safety standards, including crash protection, flammability, and labelling.

CNN covered this astonishing trend in December, posting a side by side crash test of a fake and actual car seat to demonstrate their concerns.

English flyer

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Under the Radar: A Few Facts About Child Passengers and Impaired Drivers

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Update on "Killer Car Seats" - 11/7/19

Groupon advertised a half-price special on "U.S.A.-made car seats," but it was the same fabric products that generated "killer car seat" headlines in February. This time Child Passenger Safety Technicians bombarded Groupon; the ad disappeared. And one of these products arrived at a safety seat checkup in California!! Download the flyer with a photo of a side-impact crash test of a similar product and share it. Spanish

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Watch SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. in Action on Torrance CitiCable!

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'Killer car seats' sold online for £8 Children's car seats, dubbed "killers" by trading standards officers, have repeatedly appeared for sale on online marketplaces, Which? has warned.

The consumer group said the fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offered almost no protection in a crash and were illegal to use in the UK.

The online sites - Amazon, eBay and AliExpress - all said they had removed the seats from sale.

But Which? said the listings should have been deleted quicker.

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Online Child Restraint Manufacturers' Instructions & Summaries (OCRMIS) available at www.safetybeltsafeusa.org

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Meet Stephanie Tombrello of SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

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Proper Top-Tether Installation Helps Keep Kids Safer in Child Car Seats
This simple step provides significant safety benefits

Consumer Reports' own car-seat crash testing shows that top-tether use can significantly reduce the forward movement of a child in a frontal crash, thereby reducing a child's risk for injury, especially to the head

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See how child passenger safety fits into the Harvard Business Review article on how donors should assess programs and conversely, how advocates can design booster law campaigns & funding requests.



The Child Passenger Safety Movement in the United States: This document was originally prepared as a background paper for The Bridgespan Group in 9/2016 by Stephanie Tombrello, Deborah Stewart, Denise Donaldson, and Joe Colella. This version has been edited and enhanced by Stephanie Tombrello and Deborah Stewart and published by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., 9/2017.

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Consumers Union released findings on four products which reached only the BASIC level of their safety ratings due to breakage in tests at 35 mph on an updated crash bench with a frontal blocker. The tests are about 40% more powerful than FMVSS 213 testing.

Do not remove a child from any of these seats unless there is an appropriate seat available. Use as a booster only if the child fits, weighs 40 lbs. or more, and can manage the safety belt correctly. Finally, a different seat may be in order if the youngster requires a seat with a full harness for adequate protection. Be sure to tether such seats!

CU states that a second impact might compromise the seats more; they mean a second impact within the initial crash event, a common aspect of car crashes.


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CR Manufacturer Contacts
Color Pictorial Guide to Seats (2019)

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