New Virtual and Online Options for All Parents to Check Car Seats During Pandemic

In a nationwide effort to continue to serve and educate parents with life-saving safety information during COVID-19, Safe Kids, with the support of General Motors, is providing the following options available to all families, no matter where they live. These virtual and online options are free-of-charge and consistent with up-to-date COVID-19 protocols: 

  1. Join Virtual Car Seat Check-Up. Many coalitions are providing parents with virtual car seat check-ups either with several parents or one-on-one. The check-ups are held with smartphones or tablets and a nationally certified child passenger safety technician (CPST). Contact your local coalition to see if they are offering a virtual class you can participate in live or watch later. Find your local coalition on the Safe Kids website.
  1. Participate in an Online Class. Recognizing how precious time is to a parent, Safe Kids has created an online child passenger safety class for parents, caregivers and community partners to take on their own. The class is taught by a CPST and covers every car seat stage as your child graduates from a rear-facing seat to when they can wear an adult seat belt.
  1. Check out the Ultimate Car Seat Guide -- available in English and Spanish. This online, interactive, custom tool provides expert guidance to parents on everything from how to fit a child into a car seat to how to know when it is time to move to a new type of seat. You can also check out the occupant protection laws in your state here.
  1. Join our Facebook Live events – in English and Spanish. Safe Kids will host several Facebook live events throughout CPS Week, in both English and Spanish. Each event will focus on a different car seat stage and parents and caregivers will have the chance to engage with experts. The first event is Sept. 17. Follow the Safe Kids Facebook page for more information.
  1. Watch expert videos. Safe Kids has also produced expert videos with certified technicians showing the proper use and choice of car seats across the various stages, including rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and booster seats.

As communities re-open, some coalitions are offering in-person car seat inspections by certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians with social distancing. Parents interested in in-person checks should contact their local coalition using the Safe Kids website.

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