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-- Child Passenger Safety Outreach and Education Program --


Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the proper installation and use of child passenger safety seats, or would like to set up an appointment to have your child safety seat checked or for a group training or presentation, please call

(831) 454-5477
or
(831) 454-4317


Child passenger safety program sites within Santa Cruz County

The Child Passenger Safety Outreach and Education Program provides community education and general information about child passenger safety including: 

  • Proper use and installation of child safety seats.
  • Trainings for health care and teaching professionals, community service program staff, childcare providers and parents.
  • Referrals to community programs that provider child safety seats for low-income families.

Children must be properly secured in a child passenger restraint system
(car seat/booster) IN THE BACK SEAT until at least 8 years. 

Click here for more information

Most children do not fit properly in a seat belt until at least 8 years of age or 4’9” tall. For this reason, parents and caregivers should do a simple 5-point test on all children before graduating them out of a booster seat to the lap-shoulder belt. 

Five Point Safety Test for proper safety belt use:

  • Can the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
  • Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the front edge of the auto seat?
  • Does the lap belt fit low on the hips, touching the thighs?
  • Does the shoulder belt fit securely and comfortably between the neck and shoulder?
  • Can the child stay seated like this for the entire trip?

If the answer to any of the above test questions is NO, the child is NOT ready to be safely transported in the seat belt only, and should continue to ride in a booster or other appropriate child safety seat. Click here for a printable copy of the 5-step test.

REMEMBER these important safety points:

  • The back seat is the safest place for all passengers, especially for children under 13 years.
  • Airbags and children do not mix!  Never, under any circumstances, put a rear-facing seat in front of an active airbag.
  • Keep babies/toddlers rear-facing until they are about 2 years old for better crash protection.

Always check the car seat instructions for weight/height limits and installation procedures. If you have questions regarding the proper installation and use of child passenger safety seats, or would like to set up an appointment to have your child safety seat checked or for a group training or presentation, please call (831) 454-5477 or 454-4317.

Child passenger safety program sites within Santa Cruz County


Safe Kids Chapter of Santa Cruz County is a local group whose mission is to reduce motor vehicle related deaths and injuries among children in Santa Cruz County, through public education, advocacy and child passenger safety programs and services.  Lead agency for Safe Kids Santa Cruz County is the Health Services Agency, and affiliate agencies include local fire and law enforcement departments, hospitals, family service organizations, health and child care providers and other professionals and individuals.  For more information about Safe Kids and local child passenger safety efforts, please call 454-5477.

Check out these web sites for more information on child passenger safety:

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