Passenger Safety

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website provides a quick reference for the proper use of child car seats and booster seats. Head Start program directors, health managers, and parents can determine the type of car or booster seat a child requires based on the child’s height, weight, and age. Posters and other promotional materials to encourage the use of appropriate child safety seats also are offered.

Children crossing safely as they exit a school busNHTSA works to save lives out on the roadways. The Parents Central section of their website provides great tips and resources on car seat safety, staying safe on the move, tips about teen driving, and safety in and around vehicles. Head Start program directors, health managers, and parents can review the Car Seat Recommendations for Children to determine the type of seat needed for the ages and weight of the children using them.

Selecting the correct child safety seat can be challenging for families and early childhood programs that provide transportation. NHTSA's Ease-of-Use Ratings provides a five-star rating system for four basic categories:

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  1. Content and clarity of the instructions for installation
  2. Ease of using the vehicle installation features
  3. Content and clarity of the labels attached to the child restraint
  4. Ease of securing the child properly

Safe on the Move provides information about walking safety, bike safety, and school bus safety.

Safe In and Around the Car contains important safety information about trunk entrapment, the dangers of power windows and seat belt entanglement, and the risk of heat related injuries.

Find seat belt tips and common myths about buckling up for parents and other adults. Take quizzes on the most effective ways to protect families in a crash.

Passenger Safety for Pregnant Women offers clear diagrams for wearing seat belts safely while in a vehicle. Share this printable flyer [PDF, 485KB] with families to ensure pregnant drivers and passengers are safe and secure.

Child Passenger Safety. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. 2014. English.

Last Reviewed: March 2016

Last Updated: February 23, 2017