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

Address and telephone number; TEMPORARY change to mailing address. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS 514 N Prospect Ave. L-6
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
PHONE NUMBER: 310-318-5111

*   *  *
Resources, Membership, & Order Forms

*   *  *
Parents' Corner/Helpful Handouts

*   *  *

*   *  *
Due to these unprecedented times, many schools are not in attendance but are having school virtually. Well, now so is the Seat Belts Saves Challenge! That's right - the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) has a virtual model for schools that are attending virtually!

To learn more - join the NOYS on a Virtual SBS Training Webinar on 1/18/2021 at 10:30 am EST/7:30 am PST.

Sign up for the webinar HERE and learn how to win up to $1500 for your school!

*   *  *
California Child Passenger Safety Technicians: The next CA Technical Webinar is Thursday, February 4, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Look for an email inviting you to register.

Boy nearly dies in safety belt entanglement
An eight-year-old boy from Massachusetts is lucky to be alive after nearly being fatally strangled by a safety belt, leading safety experts to highlight the risks of a little-understood feature of U.S. vehicle belts.

Flyer Spanish Flyer

Lifesavers Conference 2021 Goes Virtual April 26-28, 2021!
Noting the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 virus, Lifesavers will not come to Long Beach, CA, but transmit virtually.

Full text

Registration is now open.

*   *  *

SafetyBeltSafe has updated their Safety Seat Checkup Form! Feel free to download it in English or Spanish.

*   *  *
Since Honda was founded, they have sought to contribute to society and customers by creating quality products and technologies while coexisting harmoniously with the communities that host its operations. In the 1960s, while the Company was still in a period of early growth, Honda began to launch philanthropic initiatives designed to strengthen ties with local communities.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has partnered with SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. since 2011 (scroll to #9 for photo and story). This includes supporting services such as the national Safe Ride Helpline that provides important information to parents and others who call with questions, and promoting safety seat recycling to avoid seats ending in the landfill.

*   *  *
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.

English Spanish

*   *  *
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

*   *  *
Safety at Home during COVID-19 (Flyer in English and Spanish)
About 4.5 million children are injured in the home every year. Children are now spending an extended time at home due to the shelter-in-place ordinance. Parents must be more aware of household dangers as the most common items can injure or be fatal to children if left within reach. Decrease risk of injuries by checking every room, teaching safety, keeping dangerous items locked up at all times and using these simple tips to keep children safe at home during the pandemic.

*   *  *
It seems as though every day we are dealing with something different. School plans, daycare policies and at-home work schedules are frequently shifting for many as the pandemic continues its control on our lives and schedules.

Sadly, increased time at home for young children has caused a drastic increase in the percentage of hot car deaths of children getting into vehicles on their own. The average for these types of tragedies is 26% of all child hot car deaths and this year it has skyrocketed to 42%.

Tips to make sure children cannot get into a parked car from KidsAndCars.org.

*   *  *
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 Spanish flyer

A concerned grandmother, who was looking for safety seats for visiting grandchildren from ages 1 to 6 reached out to our Safe Ride Helpline. She led us to Carorld where we found unsafe "safety harnesses" for sale at $26!! We reported this danger to the federal government. The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has put a response in motion. Meanwhile, here is their post to complement our flyers, available from Helpful Handouts (link). Be careful; fakes and counterfeits are taking in the unwary. We are here to help!! Report fakes!!

Another Web site is showing the same products that do not meet U.S. crash standards for safety seats. They state the products are for ages 3-12. But now, they state that the products do NOT meet U.S. standards. We believe that they are afraid of U.S. government action; however, there is no reason to believe that these products meet the safety standards of any country. We believe this note shows that we have them on the run! Support the campaign; avoid any site with fake seats, products that do not meet safety standards, or that offer "products meeting U.S. safety standards at very low prices. All of them will cheat your child of safety! Report to NHTSA and the U.S. Dept of Commerce.


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

*   *  *
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

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

*   *  *
'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.

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

*   *  *
Meet Stephanie Tombrello of SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

*   *  *
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

*   *  *
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.

*   *  *
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.


*   *  *
Special Projects
*   *  *

Click here to shop at amazon smile and earn money for SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

*   *  *

Resources, Program Materials
5-Step Test
Booster Kit & Video
Brochures & Posters
Child Care: Provider Guidelines
Citation reminder cards (Calif.)
Links to Other Organizations
Reproducible Materials
School & Community
Technical Encyclopedia
Tools for Calif. Law Enforcement

Tools for Techs/non-Tech Educators
Log-in CPS Tech Access
CEUs for Recertification
CR Instructions/Summaries DVD & Online

CR Manufacturer Contacts
Color Pictorial Guide to Seats (2020)

Group Subscriptions
Recall List (updated 11/29/2020)

Resources for CPS Techs/Non-Tech Educators
Technician/non-Tech Educator Training
MACPS info for Techs/Instrs

Parents' Corner
Aircraft Travel
Boosters & Belt Fit: 5-Step Test
Car Seat Checkup Online
Child Care: Parent Guidelines
FAQs / Best safety seat

Helpful Handouts
Personal Stories
Toyota/Lexus Tether Anchors
Installation and Informational videos

Programs in Southern California
Low-Cost Safety Seats
Recycle Unsafe Car Seats
Car Seat Checkup Events

SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. was established in 1980, and is the national non-profit organization solely dedicated to child passenger safety.

Your Membership donation to support our services is tax deductible. Contact us for e-mail notification of important announcements or for assistance from staff.

We appreciate the support of our major partners
American Honda Motor Company
California Office of Traffic Safety
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Torrance Fire Department
Toyota Motor North America
Volkswagen Group of America

Disclaimer and Privacy Statement
© 2020 SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
All rights reserved
U.S.A. P.O. Box 553, Altadena, CA 91003