National News Archive

State troopers across 5 states participate in "Operation Southern Shield"

Published on: 07/19/2017


Recall: certain B-Safe 35 seats have chest clip tabs that can break

Published on: 06/21/2017


How 4 technologies designed to prevent hot car deaths work

Published on: 06/14/2017


Recall: Graco My Ride 65 (see model#s) webbing may not adequately restrain child

Published on: 05/24/2017


Car experts warn drivers about recycled airbags

Published on: 05/09/2017


Crist Introduces Bill to Enhance School Bus Safety

Published on: 04/27/2017


Update to the 2017 LATCH Manual Available

Published on: 04/25/2017


Parents are flipping car seats too soon, TurnAfter2 wants to change that

Published on: 04/24/2017


Participating U.S. Target Stores Recycling Old CRs Through April 30th

Published on: 04/17/2017


Mandatory seat belts in school buses? Sounds like a no-brainer, but research shows it's not a good idea

Published on: 03/16/2017


Yes, car seats expire and here's why

Published on: 02/27/2017


Consumer Reports: Are Secondhand Car Seats Safe?

Published on: 02/13/2017


Medical College of Wisconsin crash lab tests child car seat safety in side-impact crashes

Published on: 02/09/2017


Takata Pleads Guilty to Concealing Airbag Deadly Defect: Key events in the Takata air bag recall

Published on: 01/17/2017


Recall: Baby Trend, Inc. Hybrid LX 3-in-1 Centennial booster seats manufactured on July 23, 2016 and Hybrid LX 3-in-1 Kiwi booster seats manufactured on July 14, 2016

Published on: 01/13/2017


Recall: 4moms Self Installing Rear-facing Infant Car Seats, model number 1032, manufactured July 1, 2016, to October 31, 2016

Published on: 01/13/2017


New California laws in effect January 1st: all children under age two must be in rear-facing car seats

Published on: 01/05/2017


Texarkana car seat exchange program: Reduce outstanding contempt warrant fees with a new car seat

Published on: 11/30/2016


Lawmakers demand "immediate action" on seatback collapses

Published on: 11/30/2016


NHTSA Report: The 2015 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats

Published on: 11/28/2016


Newborns Shouldn't Be in a Car Seat for More Than 30 Minutes, New Research Says

Published on: 11/14/2016


Study: More kids left unrestrained in cars

Published on: 11/14/2016


Recall on Evenflo Evolve 3-n-1: harness button can be accessed by child

Published on: 09/21/2016


Recall on Baby Jogger infant car seats: incorrect labels

Published on: 09/20/2016


NHTSA Report: Lives Saved in 2015 by Restraint Use and Minimum-Drinking-Age Laws

Published on: 09/20/2016


Toys"R"Us Will Hold Trade-In Car Seat Event Sept 9 - Oct 2 Nationwide

Published on: 09/09/2016


Graco 2016 Milestone Car Seat Recall notice - error on labels

Published on: 09/08/2016


Nominate a CPS Tech and Instructor of the Year

Published on: 09/07/2016


IIHS Ratings for child seat installation hardware improve after 1 year

Published on: 09/01/2016


More issues for Takata, Senators called for New Investigation

Published on: 08/31/2016


NHTSA chief hits America's hot roads to push recall repairs

Published on: 08/15/2016


Combi announces recall on Coccoro car seat

Published on: 07/29/2016


Cases surge across the country this year of children dying in hot cars

Published on: 07/25/2016


Update Available to 2015 LATCH Manual

Published on: 07/13/2016


Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Enforcing Rear-Facing Car Seats For Kids Under 2

Published on: 06/15/2016


After 261 died in crashes this year, Alabama troopers are pleading for seat belt use

Published on: 06/13/2016


New Vehicles Found to Have Faulty Takata Air Bags

Published on: 06/02/2016


Recall: Kiddy World Plus model 51 100 WP from 2012-2013: buckle may only partially engage

Published on: 05/19/2016


Recent IUPUC graduates create child safety seat prototype with retractable harness

Published on: 05/17/2016


Recall: Graco TurboBooster 2015-2016 Printed Instructions Missing Information

Published on: 05/16/2016


CPS Express: How to Dispose of your Expired Seats

Published on: 05/09/2016


New Mexico: Mother whose daughter died speaks out to prevent hot car deaths

Published on: 05/02/2016


TxDOT encourages public to send postcards of those seen unrestrained

Published on: 04/27/2016


Alaska Senate passes bill limiting liabilities for child car seat technicians

Published on: 04/19/2016


TN House kills bill requiring rear-facing car seats up to age 2

Published on: 03/28/2016


AZ: Mother dies in crash not wearing seat belt; her 2 children uninjured in car seats

Published on: 03/28/2016


Tennessee Car Seat Bill Debate: Require Booster Seats Until Age 8 or Age 12

Published on: 03/11/2016


Wisconsin Car Seat Bill Requires Children Under Age 2 Rearfacing

Published on: 03/11/2016


Safe Kids Dalton Crushes 450 Bad Car Seats

Published on: 03/08/2016


Safe Kids Updates Recertification Requirements

Published on: 03/07/2016


National CPS Recertification numbers up for Jan-Feb

Published on: 03/01/2016


NHTSA: Recalling All Takata Airbags Wouldn't Make Cars Safer

Published on: 03/01/2016


RECALL: Evenflo Transitions 3-in-1: CFA May Be Loosened By Child

Published on: 02/26/2016


Certified Car Seat Technicians in High Demand

Published on: 02/08/2016


New NHTSA Airbag Video on Youtube

Published on: 02/02/2016

NHTSA published a new youtube video on "Understanding Airbags." This video is listed on our OPRC Airbags page.

Voluntary Recalls: Graco Extend2Fit and ComfortSport/Ready Ride/Classic Ride Have Updated Labels

Published on: 02/01/2016


NHTSA December 2015 Research: Retrospective Analysis of Heat Stroke Deaths of Children in Motor Vehicles

Published on: 02/01/2016


U.S. DOT brings 5-Star Safety Ratings into a new safety era

Published on: 02/01/2016


Mother and Son, 1, Die of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Car During Snowstorm

Published on: 01/26/2016


Britax recalling certain B-Safe 35 child seats and travel systems

Published on: 01/22/2016


Winter jackets and car seats: 30-mph-crash video shows child dummy results

Published on: 12/15/2015

At an official crash test lab in Michigan, a child dummy that appeared to be securely strapped into a car seat came hurtling out of it in a simulated 30-mph crash.

Better Data Collection on Child Restraint Use Mandated

Published on: 12/14/2015


Along for the Ride: A look at seat belt use among back seat passengers

Published on: 11/30/2015


Buckle Up for Life Releases New Holiday Traditions for Child Passenger Safety

Published on: 11/23/2015


Mom charged with involuntary manslaughter when child without car seat dies in crash

Published on: 11/18/2015


IIHS: Good head restraints reduce injuries by 11 percent

Published on: 11/17/2015


IIHS: Booster Seats For Cars Are Becoming Safer

Published on: 11/10/2015


US fines Takata $70M over exploding airbags

Published on: 11/04/2015


Doctors concerned new study will discourage parents from using rear-facing car seats

Published on: 11/03/2015


NHTSA standards fail to protect from seat collapse fatalities, experts say

Published on: 11/02/2015


Texas to Dismiss Improper Child Restraint Tickets via Car Seat Training Course

Published on: 10/28/2015


NHTSA reports 8 deaths, 98 injuries from exploding air bags

Published on: 10/26/2015


New Oklahoma car seat laws go into effect November 1

Published on: 10/23/2015


California requires children under 2 in rear facing car seats as of Jan 1 2017

Published on: 09/22/2015


RECALL: Recaro ProRIDE child restraint model number 332.01 - top tether may detach

Published on: 09/16/2015

In the event of a crash, the top tether anchorage may detach from the child restraint.

Child safety advocates campaign for registration of car seats

Published on: 09/15/2015


Child seats not compatible with cars 42 percent of time, study finds

Published on: 09/01/2015

"The most common problem is the mismatch between the angle of the child restraint and the angle of the seat pan," says Julie Bing, lead author of the study.

NHTSA 2013 Traffic Facts show child fatalities in traffic crashes decrease, injuries increase

Published on: 08/21/2015


Exploding Takata air bag probe takes a new turn

Published on: 08/20/2015

Now federal investigators are looking into whether new air bags have the potential to spew shrapnel when they deploy like the older ones. The case that triggered the expanded probe involves a side air bag.

Britax recalls 213,753 car seats for harness adjuster flaw

Published on: 08/17/2015


New Jersey's new car seat law requires rear-facing until age two or 30 pounds

Published on: 08/12/2015


NHTSA: National Child Restraint Use Special Study Report, June 2015 (2011 data)

Published on: 07/31/2015


IIHS Rates Ease of Use of LATCH Hardware

Published on: 07/29/2015


New AT&T Ad Shows Devastating Consequences of Distracted Driving

Published on: 07/27/2015


Walmart and Evenflo announce infant car seat designed to prevent hot car deaths

Published on: 07/27/2015


Social experiment teaches adults what it's like to be left in a hot car

Published on: 07/20/2015


NHTSA 2011 Report: Study Uncovers Common Car Seat Mistakes (Detailed Misuse)

Published on: 07/09/2015


Seat Belt Technology Designed to Improve Safety Blamed for Some Severe Injuries

Published on: 07/01/2015


Ticketing just for seat belt violations cuts crash deaths

Published on: 06/23/2015


Children with special needs need special car seats

Published on: 06/18/2015


Built-in car seat anchors flop in new ratings

Published on: 06/18/2015


NHTSA develops technology to stop drunk driving

Published on: 06/09/2015


"Wearable" airbag system for motorcyclists

Published on: 06/08/2015


Consumer Reports: Toxic chemicals found in child car seats

Published on: 06/04/2015


Think You'd Never Forget Your Kid in a Parked Car? Don't Be So Sure

Published on: 06/04/2015


Takata recall shock: Replacement airbags must be replaced

Published on: 06/02/2015


Deaths of Math Genius and Wife Show Need to Use Seat Belts in Back, Experts Say

Published on: 05/26/2015


CNN: How Airbags (Should) Work

Published on: 05/21/2015


Takata Air Bags Agreed to Nearly Double Its Air Bag Recall

Published on: 05/19/2015


Distraction and Teen Crashes: Even Worse than We Thought

Published on: 04/23/2015


When is Seat Belt Replacement Necessary?

Published on: 04/13/2015

Although seat belts do not degrade as quickly as parts of a vehicle that need frequent servicing, there are some instances when seat belts should be replaced.

U.S. DOT Launches First-Ever National Tween Seat Belt Advertising Campaign

Published on: 03/27/2015


Kentucky Booster seat law expanded to kids under 57 in.

Published on: 03/26/2015


Graco hit with multi-million dollar fine

Published on: 03/26/2015


Car Seat Incline Angle Effects Baby Breathing

Published on: 03/05/2015


New Braking Systems: Good Reason For Everyone To Buckle Up

Published on: 03/02/2015

Crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support systems automatically apply the vehicle's brakes or supplement the driver's braking effort to mitigate the severity of a crash or to avoid it altogether.

Trucks' Tether Anchors Are Often Tricky to Find, Use

Published on: 02/24/2015


Few options for getting rid of old or expired car seats

Published on: 02/18/2015


Consumer Reports:The importance of keeping your youngest travelers in a rear-facing child seat

Published on: 02/11/2015


NOPUS: Occupant Restraint Use in 2013

Published on: 02/06/2015


Univ. of Michigan 2011 vs 2013 poll: Seeing Improvement with Forward Facing Transitions, But Need More

Published on: 02/05/2015


13 car seats that fit 3-across in most vehicles

Published on: 02/05/2015


CDC: State-specific Data on Restraint Use and Motor Vehicle Occupant Deaths

Published on: 02/02/2015


Proposed Connecticut law would allow break-ins to prevent hot-car deaths

Published on: 01/26/2015


IIHS: Laying the groundwork for safety improvements for back-seat occupants

Published on: 01/23/2015


KIM Conference Scholarships Available

Published on: 01/14/2015


A Tennessee Mayor Develops Car Seat Fund, Asks Community to Donate

Published on: 01/13/2015


Should the government step in to prevent hot car deaths?

Published on: 01/07/2015


Almost three-quarters of parents turn car seats to face forward too early

Published on: 01/07/2015


CPS Express January 2015 Newsletter Available

Published on: 01/06/2015


Florida adopts new car seat laws on Jan. 1, find out how Alabama compares

Published on: 01/05/2015


Indiana car crash claims life of Bremen woman; children in car seats uninjured

Published on: 12/26/2014


TRB Report: Sustaining Seat Belt Use in a High-Use State

Published on: 12/15/2014

As Florida gains higher numbers in seat belt usage, it will be a task to continue to increase, or even maintain. Hawaii is a high-use state and shares in this TRB report what has worked for them in the past 20 years.

MACPS Offering Grant Funds to CPS Organizations; deadline January 16th

Published on: 12/05/2014


Rear Seat Airbag Safety Technologies in Concept Testing

Published on: 12/04/2014

Rear-seat airbags are in concept mode. We await how this will effect car seats in the rear seat.

NHTSA investigating company over child car seat safety defects

Published on: 12/02/2014


ConsumerReports.org: Everything you need to know about the Takata air bag recall

Published on: 12/01/2014

ConsumerReports.org spoke with NHTSA, Takata, and most carmakers to provide guidance about the Takata air bags.

Police union, chiefs call for mandatory armor, seat belts

Published on: 11/20/2014

During the past three decades, 42% of police killed in auto accidents were not wearing seat belts, according to NHTSA.

BUYER BEWARE - Illegal "Car Safety Seats" for Children

Published on: 11/18/2014

Currently Amazon is FLOODED with products from China claiming to be child restraints that are being sold by 3rd party sellers.

Seat belts and car seats save lives in roll over accident (Arizona)

Published on: 11/17/2014


Record 27 new boosters earn highest IIHS rating

Published on: 11/07/2014

Among the 41 models new for 2014, there are 27 BEST BET seats more than in any prior year. Prices for the BEST BETs start at $25.

Harness Buckle Recall on Evenflo Embrace 35

Published on: 10/24/2014


NHTSA Urges Action on Takata Airbag Recall

Published on: 10/22/2014

NHTSA urges action on Takata airbag recall from August that effects certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles (see article for models).

Car seat study reveals nearly all parents put newborns at risk on ride home from hospital

Published on: 10/10/2014

According to the CDC, only 1.36% of U.S. births were born outside a hospital in 2012. That means there are alot of parents that could be getting installation education at the hospital!

High Schoolers: Register for "Seat Belts Save" Contest

Published on: 10/02/2014

Contest seeks to spur increased seat belt use among high-school aged youth.

Car Seat Registration for All Model Car Seats

Published on: 09/22/2014

Recalls occur so the manufacturer can fix the problem.

NHTSA's Safercar.gov/therightseat Site offers English/Spanish Information; Car Seat Finder Tool

Published on: 09/16/2014

NHTSA's Safercar.gov/therightseat Site offers English/Spanish information; Car Seat Finder Tool

SafeKids Research Sept 2014: Booster Seats

Published on: 09/16/2014

Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed 1,000 parents with children ages 4 to 10 to ask about how their child rides in a car and what leads them to use a booster seat or seat belt.

USDOT Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Begin Implementation of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Technology

Published on: 08/20/2014


Recall: Recaro ProSport Model 385

Published on: 08/19/2014


2014 Heatstroke Tweetup Report

Published on: 08/05/2014

NHTSA's 2014 National Heatstroke Prevention Day Tweetup resulted in reaching 6.2 million accounts and 27.1 million impressions. That's 2 million more accounts, and 8 million more impressions than the 2013 campaign.

Inflatable Seat Belts - General Use and Use With Car Seats

Published on: 08/04/2014


Air Bag Recall on Takata Brand Air Bag Inflators Across Multiple Vehicle Manufacturers

Published on: 08/01/2014

It is assumed the air bag is fully functional when we purchase cars. Check recalls, or if your used car air bags were deployed by previous owners.

NHTSA: In-vehicle technology to prevent child heatstroke deaths not ready

Published on: 07/24/2014


Should the government step in to prevent hot car deaths?

Published on: 07/16/2014


2013 National Survey of Use of Booster Seats (June 2014)

Published on: 07/03/2014


Harness Buckle Recall on Nearly 2 Million Graco Car Seats

Published on: 07/02/2014


Children don't have to die in hot cars with these gadgets

Published on: 07/01/2014


Android Auto: How Google is bringing apps to the dashboard, safely

Published on: 07/01/2014


Be Safe When Obtaining a Second-Hand Car Seat

Published on: 06/27/2014


UAE road safety: even giving away child seats for free failed

Published on: 06/17/2014

Even when children were placed in seats, many parents did not use them correctly, researchers discovered, and seats that were given away free by hospitals as part of a road-safety initiative were found to be left unused and gathering dust at home.

Seat Belt Use in 2013 - a NHTSA Report

Published on: 06/12/2014

Florida seat belt use in 2013 was 87.2 percent.

Research Report: Teens in Cars

Published on: 06/03/2014

A new study from Safe Kids Worldwide, made possible by a grant from the General Motors Foundation, surveyed 1,000 teens to learn why more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death.

Staggering Toll: Car crashes cost nearly $871 billion a year

Published on: 05/29/2014

Highway crashes cost the USA $871 billion a year, new study finds. Total includes both economic costs and societal harm. Speeding, DUI and distracted driving account for most of the damage.

New report from AAA Foundation reveals increase in driving years, habits and medication use.

Published on: 05/15/2014


New Child Restraint Labeling per FMVSS 213

Published on: 04/23/2014


Traffic Safety Fact Sheet: Children (April 2014)

Published on: 04/23/2014


May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

Published on: 04/21/2014


Baby Trend Buckle Recall

Published on: 04/16/2014


U.S. DOT Launches First-Ever National Distracted Driving Enforcement and Advertising Campaign

Published on: 04/08/2014


Evenflo Initiates Voluntary Safety Recall of Select Convertible Car Seats and Harnessed Booster Seats

Published on: 04/04/2014


Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week 2014

Published on: 04/03/2014


July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day

Published on: 03/01/2014

Recognize the safety threat heatstroke poses for young children left in hot cars.

Distracted Driving Stats: Driver Electronic Device Use in 2012

Published on: 03/01/2014


Recall: 3.7 Million Graco Seats for Harness Buckle

Published on: 02/11/2014

Graco has decided to conduct a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013.

CDC: Too many children still dying in car crashes

Published on: 02/05/2014

CDC stats updated 2/4/2014 with 2011 data

Lifesavers $400 Registration Fee Ends March 14

Published on: 02/01/2014

Registration is $500 after the 14th

Consumer Reports: The Promise Versus The Reality of LATCH

Published on: 01/28/2014


NHTSA Proposes First-Ever Side Impact Test for Child Restraint Systems

Published on: 01/22/2014

Proposal includes new 3-year-old crash test dummy

How to Deal With 571.213 LATCH Use Changes

Published on: 01/21/2014


Child car seats would protect from side impact under proposed tougher regs

Published on: 01/20/2014


CPS Instructors: New CPST Curriculum materials available

Published on: 01/13/2014

Webinar January 21st on the updates

Child Restraint Recall Listing - updated 1/6/2014

Published on: 01/07/2014


Combi's Coccoro, Zeus Turn, and Zeus 360 seats recalled

Published on: 01/06/2014

Combi is providing a free remedy kit to registered owners.

MACPS awarding up to $500 to select applicants - apply by January 17th

Published on: 01/06/2014


2014 "Click It or Ticket" Campaign

Published on: 01/03/2014


April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Published on: 01/02/2014


LATCH manual revised 12/19/13

Published on: 12/22/2013

Update pages are available to download

TRB Circular: Motor Vehicle Crashes and Injuries Involving Teenage Drivers

Published on: 12/12/2013


New Online CPST CEUs Available

Published on: 12/12/2013


Holiday Drunk Driving Prevention Dec 13-Jan 1

Published on: 12/09/2013


Harmonized CR Usage Statements for CPSTs updated 11/12/13

Published on: 12/03/2013


IIHS issues ratings on vehicles with front crash prevention systems

Published on: 12/02/2013


Evaluation of the Certified-Advanced Air Bags

Published on: 12/02/2013


2014 CPS Technician Certification Curriculum Available

Published on: 11/18/2013


CPS Express Nov 2013 available

Published on: 11/05/2013


Webinars Coming Up for CEUs

Published on: 11/04/2013


Safe Kids Research Report: Do you always buckle up your kids?

Published on: 10/23/2013


Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Campaign Materials Available

Published on: 10/22/2013


National Teen Driver Safety Week October 20-26

Published on: 10/02/2013

Materials available through NHTSA and RLAF

CPS Week Dates for 2014 and 2015

Published on: 09/20/2013


Parents often choose to neglect to properly buckle children

Published on: 09/16/2013


Dorel Juvenile recalls 89,000 child safety seats

Published on: 09/12/2013


CPS Week Info and Spreadsheets

Published on: 08/15/2013

September 15 - 21, 2013

GHSA Table of All State CPS Laws

Published on: 08/09/2013


Safe Kids Recertification Figures 01/2013-06/2013

Published on: 07/02/2013


July 31 is Heatstroke Prevention Day

Published on: 07/01/2013


HealthyChildren.org Now Available in Spanish!

Published on: 06/19/2013


FMCSA Announces Safety Belt Poster Contest Winners

Published on: 05/07/2013


Optimizing the Rear Seat for Children (April 2013 Report)

Published on: 05/01/2013


Texting in Traffic Adults Worse Than Teens

Published on: 04/01/2013


2012 National CPS Certification Report of Activities - revised

Published on: 02/12/2013


Occupant Restraint Use in 2011:Results From the National Occupant Protection Use Survey Controlled Intersection Study

Published on: 01/31/2013


Updates to the 2011 LATCH manual available

Published on: 01/20/2013


CPS board - Tech Update and CEU Opp

Published on: 01/16/2013


Crash that killed toddler raises concern over car seat rules

Published on: 01/15/2013


CPS Express newsletter - January 2013

Published on: 01/01/2013


CPS Grant Opp Due Jan 15, 2013

Published on: 12/06/2012


Booster Seat Recall: Evenflo Big Kid (4 models)

Published on: 10/10/2012


Program tries to get minority kids buckled up

Published on: 09/26/2012


3-year-old paralyzed after car crash

Published on: 08/21/2012


Products to Alert Parents of a Child Left in a Car Seat Found to Be Unreliable

Published on: 07/31/2012


Create a Safety 1st or Cosco car seat installation video and win!

Published on: 06/27/2012


Child seat requirements change with 2014 rule

Published on: 06/08/2012


Where's Baby? NHTSA's Look Before You Lock Campaign

Published on: 05/22/2012


Two children die in hot cars as risky season begins

Published on: 05/11/2012


Booster Seat Laws by State Now Available at EliteCarSeats.com

Published on: 05/10/2012


Study: parents should be cut a break with child car seats

Published on: 05/04/2012


CPS Express May 1, 2012

Published on: 05/01/2012


Mother found negligent for child's injuries after using wrong car seat

Published on: 04/26/2012


Get car seat installation help via Skype

Published on: 04/24/2012


Buyer Beware: think twice about second hand cribs and car seats

Published on: 04/24/2012


Vehicle seat designs make child restraint installation difficult; Less than a quarter of models surveyed have easy-to-use LATCH

Published on: 04/12/2012


IIHS Status Report: Keys to Better LATCH

Published on: 04/12/2012


Child-safety seat study passes only 21 of 98 vehicles tested

Published on: 04/11/2012

By Jayne O'Donnell, USA Today

Transportation Secretary LaHood Urges Parents to "Choose the Right Seat" for Children in Cars

Published on: 04/10/2012

New public service announcements and website encourage caregivers to learn how to select, install, and use the correct child safety seat

NHTSA Unveils Campaign to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths in Cars

Published on: 04/04/2012

Nationwide ads urge parents, caregivers to think "Where's baby? Look before you lock"

CPS Express April Newsletter

Published on: 04/01/2012