Child Passenger Safety
Keeping children safe on West Virginia’s roadways is a priority for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The GHSP Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program receives federal funding that provides the educational materials, training, and supplies the program needs. Many certified instructors and technicians all across the state are trained to install car seats properly. To find a certified CPS Technician in your area, please refer to the Highway Safety Program Regions page.
Each of our coordinators is certified, and has a list of certified technicians that can assist you with your child safety seat. You may also check our list of Seat Fitting & Inspection Stations to find a place near you that can inspect your child safety seat for defects, recalls, proper use and proper installation.
The current West Virginia Child Passenger Safety Law says that all children up to the age of eight must be properly secured in a federally approved child safety seat, which does include a booster seat. The only size provision to the law is that if the child reaches the height of four feet, nine inches tall before his/her eighth birthday, a seat belt becomes legally sufficient. The CPS law is a primary enforcement law, meaning law enforcement can pull you over if they suspect your child is not properly restrained in a child safety seat. For more details on the law click here.
Upcoming CPS Training Clourses
- Check out the new website Parents Central. It's a gateway to information and resources for keeping your kids safe when they are on the move. Here you will find answers to the most common questions you may have – whether you’re buying their first car seats or handing your teen their first sets of car keys. Should you let your kids walk to school? What about bikes or the big yellow school bus? How safe is my car?
- AAA Survey Reveals "Boost" in Car Seat Compliance - American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) updated car seat recommendations, a AAA survey reveals that outreach efforts are working and parents are getting the message. Click here to read more.
- BRITAX is recalling 14,220 Chaperone Infant Child Restraint Systems produced from September 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011. The harness adjuster can detach from the seat shell.
- More than 192,000 GM and Isuzu midsize pickup trucks have been recalled due to safety concerns when installing child restraints. It’s been reported by NHTSA that owners cannot access the top tether child seat anchor for the center of the front seat. In addition the owner’s manual does not contain instructions on how to properly use the top anchor. NHTSA also noted that the lack of access to the top tether anchor and lack of instructions could result in the child restraint being improperly installed, increasing the risk of injury or death in a crash. To date, no injuries or crashes have been reported. Click here for the full story.
- Sticking Release Button May Allow Safety Harness Straps to Loosen The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced that Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) is recalling 794,247 child safety seats because the harness locking and release button does not always return to its locked position. A button that is not in the locked position can allow the harness adjustment strap to slip back through the adjuster as a child moves around in the seat and results in a loose harness, increasing the risk of being injured a crash. Click here for the full story.
For questions about the CPS Program please contact Program Coordinator, Trish Anderson at Trish.A.Anderson@wv.gov or 304-926-3821.