Seats 4 Safety Program

The Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital's Seats 4 Safety program is a partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation that provides education about car seat safety as well as provides safety seat checks at various locations throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. 

In 2008, the Injury Prevention Center was designated as the lead agency of the Rhode Island Coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit organization working to help prevent childhood injuries.

How the Program Can Help You

Certified child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) from the Injury Prevention Center 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:

Car Seat Safety Facts

Did you know?

  • In the United States, 675 children under 13 died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes and nearly 116,000 were injured in 2017.  (Source: US Centers for Disease Control)
  • Among children ages 4 and under, an estimated 325 lives were saved in 2017 by using child restraints. (Source: SafeKids Worldwide (SKWW))
  • An estimated 49% of children were riding in child safety seats that were being misused in a manner likely to reduce their protection in a crash. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA))
  • Of the children 12 years old and younger who died in a crash in 2017, 35% were not buckled up.  (Source: US Centers for Disease Control)
  • Only 32% of caregivers using rear-facing seats are “very confident” that they are using them correctly. (Source: SKWW)
  • NHTSA recommends all children 13 and under be restrained in the back seat rather than the front seat. (Source: NHTSA)

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