Seats 4 Safety Program

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The Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and its Seats 4 Safety program, provides education about car seat safety as well as provides safety seat checks at various locations throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. 

Under Rhode Island law, all children must be properly restrained in the rear of the vehicle if they are younger than 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall and weigh at least 80 pounds. Children who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds must be properly restrained by the vehicle seat belt. Children less than 2 years old, unless they are over 30 pounds, must be restrained in a rear-facing car seat.

How the Program Can Help You

With the Seats 4 Safety Program, certified child passenger safety technicians from the Injury Prevention Center can teach parents how to properly install car seats in their vehicles. Qualifying low income families may be eligible to receive a car seat for their child.Learn more by visting:

Car Seat Safety

Did you know?

  • On average, two children under the age of 13 were killed every day in 2014 due to car crashes. (Source: National Safety Council)
  • From 1975 to 2011, it is estimated that 10,000 lives were saved by child restraints for children under the age of 5 in passenger vehicles. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA))
  • An estimated 46% of car and booster seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness. (Source: US Centers for Disease Control)
  • More than 1/3 of children under age 13 who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2011 were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. (Source: NHTSA)
  • Only 32% of caregivers using rear-facing seats are “very confident” that they are using them correctly. (Source: SafeKids)
  • NHTSA recommends all children 13 and under be restrained in the back seat rather than the front seat. (Source: NHTSA)