On the blog today we have a special guest, Angela Campos, a Certified Car Seat Safety Tech. She is sharing some quick facts about car seat safety! We recommend all new families have a check with a certified car seat safety tech before your baby arrives. A car seat may seem fairly simple, but there are lots of little things to know to maximize safety!
Hi Angela! Tell me a little bit about yourself, and how you became a mother!
I’m Angela. I’m 28 years old. I’m married to Nic, he’s an engineer. We are parents to a 3 year old boy and have baby #2 due in early fall. By day I’m a full time pediatric nurse and mommy. It wasn’t until I started researching when my first child was due that I learned about the world of car seats.
How did you get into Car Seat Safety?
As I researched and learned more and more, I realized that there is so much bad information and misuse out there regarding car seats. I think people genuinely care about their kids and their safety, there just so many details to know and understand. Education on the topic from parents to physicians and everyone in between is lacking. I really felt like this was a way I could give back to my community and make an impact.
What is the process to become a Certified Car Seat Safety Tech?
The Child Passenger Safety Technician course if a 4 day, 32hour course but it’s only the tip of the iceberg! It covers the down and dirty basics on install, proper use, different kinds of seat belts, the physics behind crashes, and more. The real learning happens through the ongoing hands on experience we get doing car seat checks and working with seats. I still learn new things daily!
What are the most common issues you see with car seat safety?
There are lots of mistakes that can be made. The most common mistakes I see are the seat belt or harness not being used correctly and people moving their kids up to the next kind of seat too soon. The law is outdated; the research we have now supports much more extensive use of restraints to get children to correct ages to withstand crash forces and fit a seat belt correctly.
Do you feel like parents get enough information and education on this topic?
No. I feel like this is an area that is really lacking in accurate education. Even Pediatricians receive very minimal car seat education and often have outdated recommendations. There is also a misconception that firefighters and police officers are trained in car seat safety; this is not always true, some stations may have a certified tech on staff and some may not.
What do you suggest for new parents looking into car seat safety?
Visit the SafeKids.org website for accurate and up to date car seat safety info. Read your car seat manuals front to back, and then read them again! If you have questions or want to have your car seat install checked, seek out a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) near you by searching on SafeKids.org.
Where can parents connect with you more?
I offer private car seat installation checks as needed. You can reach me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not in the Greater-Cincinnati area you can search for a CPST near you by searching the National Child Passenger Safety Certification. Tip: Try searching with minimal information! Usually just a zip code works best.