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.
The CPS is hosting the following training courses:
32 Hour National CPS Technician Training Course
When: October 7-10, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Grant County Sheriff's Office, 5 Highland Avenue, Petersburg, WV 26847
To Enroll: Contact Georgia Hatfield at (304) 264-2142, firstname.lastname@example.org, or enroll online at
http://cert.safekids.org with course ID# WV20140731732
For the latest and complete list of recalls and defects regarding child safety seats and vehicle restraints, please click here
For questions about the CPS Program please contact Program Coordinator, Charlie Kessell at Charles.A.Kessell@wv.gov or 304-926-3842 or 304-926-2509.