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Child Passenger Safety

What Parents Should Know

An estimated 3 out of 4 child safety seats are used incorrectly.

Could yours be one of them?  Seat belts and child safety seats save lives, and Safer is dedicated to efforts which increase their proper use.   According to the University of New Mexico Division of Government Research, of the people who were wearing seat belts in crashes in 2006 in New Mexico, only 1.6% died or suffered an incapacitating injury, compared with 28.8% of those who were not belted.   Approximately 81% of belted crash victims were reportedly unharmed, compared to only 38% of unbelted occupants.   

The NHTSA reports that using child safety seats decreases the risk of death by an estimated 71% for infants and 54% for older children.

Are you looking for a car seat inspection?

Safer employs the State's most experienced National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)-certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) instructors and technicians.  These technicians are certified to inspect and install child safety seats of all types, and to instruct parents on the proper selection and use of their child safety seats.  We invite you to attend one of our many Fitting Stations or Car Seat Clinics located throughout the state.

Need educational material?

With funding from the NMDOT Traffic Safety Division, Safer manages the Injury Prevention Resource Center  (IPRC) in Santa Fe. The IPRC houses and distributes, free of charge, printed material, videos, teaching material, and promotional items on a wide variety of safety topics. To print an order form, click here.


Forward-Facing or Rear-Facing?

New research leaves some asking, 'What's a parent to do?' - An article by Heather Hollingsworth of the Associated Press.

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