Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Child Passenger Safety Program

The Mission of the Child Passenger Safety Program is to reduce injuries to and deaths of children riding in vehicles in Humboldt County. Our target audience is low-income families, especially the under-served Spanish-speaking families in our County. Because of the work of the CPS Program, more than 1200 Humboldt County babies and children in vehicles are safer.

Hay clases y ayuda en Espaņol. Para inscribirse, llame al 707-441-4477 o 707-599-2474.


The 4 Stages of passenger safety for children are:
  • rear-facing (convertible) car seat with harness straps from birth to 30 - 35 pounds
  • forward-facing (convertible) car seat with harness straps from 30 - 35 pounds to 40 pounds
  • booster seat from 40 pounds to about 80 lbs., 4' 9" tall, and 8 - 10 years old
  • seat belt

In Humboldt County, more than 90% of car seats are not used correctly! The main mistakes are not having the car seat installed tightly enough and not having the harness straps adjusted correctly.

A family only needs to buy one car seat and one booster seat for a typical child from birth to 10 years old!

To decide whether or not a child is really ready to use just a seat belt, check the 5-Step Test. link to bilingual test

For more information about car seats and booster seats, check "Car Seats & Boosters: Basic Guidelines" link

For the schedule of both English- and Spanish-language classes, check 2007 Class Schedule. link

Para clases en Espaņol, llame al 707-441-4477 o 707-599-2474.

Need information on car seats, booster seats, airbags, or airline travel with children?

To learn about federal and state laws, recommendations from experts ("best practice,") and more information, click on these links:


Car seats and booster seats save lives.

Always buckle up!

Humboldt County DHHS Child Passenger Safety Program 707-476-4991.



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