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CHILDREN / CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

  • Choosing and Using Child Safety Seats Correctly
  • Contacts and Local Resources
  • Car Seat Recommendations for Children - English
  • - Spanish
  • Car Seat Check-Up - Top 5 Things To Do
  • Car Seat Finder Tool - NEW
  • Nebraska Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations
  • Nebraska Child Restraint Law
  • Recalls
  • Car Seat Registration
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  • Report A Problem With Child Safety Seat
  • Children/Child Passenger Crash Data
  • Technician Resources
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    CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION COURSE DATES:

    Click Here to access the Nebraska Safe Kids website to register for a CPS technician certification course.

    2015 Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Courses - To be announced at a later date.

     

    NEBRASKA CHILD SAFETY SEAT  (CSS) INSPECTION STATIONS

    Like Check-Up Events, parents can get information and assistance on the proper use of child safety seats at Inspection Stations. Unlike Check-Up Events, Inspection Stations are permanent locations. Most Inspection Stations require you to schedule an appointment.

    Click here to view a list of inspection stations located in Nebraska.

    Click here to locate a child passenger safety technician.

    INSPECTION STATION APPLICATION:

    The purpose of this application is to be recognized as a Nebraska CSS inspection station. Applicants must be either a political subdivision of 501c3 non–profit organization. Upon recognition as a Nebraska CSS inspection station the organization may conduct child safety seat inspections as outlined in the application guidelines. Nebraska CSS inspection stations are eligible for funding assistance to purchase child restraint systems for low-income families.

    Prior to completing a mini-grant contract every state, county, community, law enforcement agency, organization, etc. eligible to apply and receive federal funding must read and comply with the guidelines of the Grant Contract Proposal Guide and Policies and Procedures document.  When applying for a mini-grant to fund child restraint systems be sure to take notice of the 'Buy America Act" information listed below:

    • "Buy America Act" - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated any product (equipment or materials) purchased using NHTSA federal highway safety grant funds must be made or assembled in America (documentation is also required).
    • NHTSA may waive Buy America if (1) the application would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) such materials and products are not produced in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (3) the inclusion of domestic materials will increase the cost of the overall product by more than 25 percent.  Disqualified products are not eligible for reimbursement.
    • A written request for a waiver consideration for any of the above three identified conditions must be submitted to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) prior to any purchase.  The NOHS will submit a formal written waiver to NHTSA.  NHTSA has estimated that the waiver process will take approximately 90 days from the date of receipt until NHTSA publishes a Federal Register notice.

    Click to download the Grant Contract Proposal Guide and Policies and Procedures

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    NEBRASKA CHILD RESTRAINT LAW

    Differences between what is "Legal" and what is "Recommended".

    Parents and other caregivers frequently ask the question “what is the law regarding buckling up my child?” Most parents and caregivers assume the law is the safest and what is recommended by safety experts. However, this is not always the case. The Nebraska child passenger safety and safety belt laws, Like other states’ restraint laws, the Nebraska child passenger safety and safety belt laws are the result of compromises between the “best practice” recommendations of safety experts and provisions  the legislators feel are practical, enforceable, and will be tolerated by the general public and their own constituents.

    Occupant restraint laws should be considered to be minimum standards. The two biggest differences between what is legal vs. what is recommended are:

    1.  The laws are based on age whereas “best practice” recommendations for the best crash protection are based on weight and physical development.

    2.  None of these laws require all occupants be buckled up at all times in all seating positions.

    Parents and caregivers can be assured that if they follow "best practice" guidelines and recommendations for restraining children, it WILL be legal as well.

  • 60-6,267 & 60-6,268   Restraint that is required or allowed under the Nebraska occupant restraint laws.
  • All children up to age six must ride correctly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat.
  • Children ages six  and over up to age eighteen must ride secured in a safety belt or child safety seat.
  • Children up to age eighteen are prohibited from riding in cargo areas.
  • Childcare providers must transport all children securely in an appropriate child safety seat or safety belt.
  • Drivers and all front seat passengers are required to ride buckled up in a safety belt or child safety seat.

  • Note: Everybody in the vehicle must be buckled up in the driver holds a provisional operators permit (POP) or a school permit.

    Important Safety Reminders

  • Failure to read the child safety seat instructions and the vehicle owner’s manual instructions regarding child safety seats, could result in child's death or serious injury as a failure of the child safety seat not being properly secured and/or properly restrained.
  • Children in rear-facing child safety seats should not be placed in the front seat of vehicles equipped with a passenger-side air bag. The impact of a deploying air bag striking a rear-facing child safety seat could result in injury or death to the child.
  • NHTSA also recommends children 12 and younger sit in the rear seat away from the force of a deploying air bag.
  • Children age 12 and younger are safest when properly buckled in the back seat of a motor vehicle.
  • Always read the child safety seat manufacturer's instructions and the vehicle owner's manual instructions.
  • Best Practice” recommendations for providing maximum protection for an infant, child, or adult can be found on the Safe Kids Nebraska website. For additional information on restraining children past age five Click here to view the "Boosters Are For Big Kids" flyer.

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    CHOOSING AND USING SAFETY SEATS

    Putting a child’s safety seat into a vehicle can be very confusing. Installing a child safety seat properly is important for your child’s safety! For tips on proper installation click on any of these links to external websites:

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    CONTACTS AND LOCAL RESOURCES

    Check-Up Events are set up in public areas such as shopping center parking lots. Checks are conducted for a set period of time (usually 3-4 hours). Parents and caregivers bring their child’s safety seat, motor vehicle, and child to the event. Trained child passenger safety technicians perform an evaluation for all children in the vehicle who are under 13 years old. They will check for the following:

      • Correct selection (is the child safety seat the correct size for the child),
      • Harnessing (is the child secured correctly in the seat),
      • Installation (is the child safety seat correctly installed in the vehicle),
      • Recalls (is there a manufacturing defect with the child safety seat).

    To find out when the next event will be held in your area, click on Nebraska Safe Kid’s website and click on “Calendar of Events.” The Safe Kids Nebraska Toll-Free Phone Number is 1-800-745-9311.

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    CHILDREN / CHILD PASSENGER CRASH DATA

    In the United States, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 4 and every age 11 through 14 years old (based on 2009 figures, from National Center for Health Statistics).  During 2012, an average of 3 children age 14 and younger were killed and 462 were injured every day in motor vehicle crashes. (Source: NHTSA 2012)

    Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. (Source: NHTSA 2012) 

    During 2013 on Nebraska roadways:

    • Nine children ages 0-4 were killed and 299 children were injured;
    • 465 injured between the ages of 5-9;
    • and between the ages of 10-14 there were 604 children were injured.

    2014 Child Safety Seat/Booster Seat Survey Results:

    In Nebraska, child safety seat use is surveyed annually through observations conducted in rural and urban counties. Among the children observed in the 2014 study, 96.9% were riding in child safety seats/booster seats. This rate is comparable to the rates for the last few years (95.9% in 2013, 95.9% in 2012; and 95.1% in 2011).  These  rates are significantly higher than the rate observed when this series of surveys began in 1999 (56.2%). (NOHS)

    Total observed child restraint use in rural counties increased from 96.1% in 2013 to 96.5% in 2014; urban counties results increase from 95.8% in 2013 to 97.1% in 2014 .  Of the number of children in safety seats/booster seats:

    • 95.3% of children were in rear seats of vehicles; 4.7% were in front seats;
    • 92.8% of children in rural counties were in the rear seat of vehicles; 7.2% were in the front seat;
    • 96.5% of children in urban counties were in the rear seat of vehicles; 3.5% were in the front seat.

     Of the small number of children not in child safety sea/booster seats:

    • 67.7% of children were observed in the rear seat of the vehicles;
    • 32.3% of children were observed in the front seat;
    • 54.5% of children were in rural counties; and
    • 20.0% of children were in urban counties.

    Link to:

    NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts: 

    Nebraska Data:

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    Technician Resources

    Downloadable Order Forms (pdf):

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