Correctly using the appropriate car seat or booster seat significantly reduces the risk of serious or fatal injury to children in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
In 2014, 1,376 car seats were checked in the state of Alaska for use, proper installation and proper fit. The Alaska Injury Prevention Center staff met with over 30% of those parents and caregivers. Of the 1,376 car seats checked in the state of Alaska, only 15% were installed with no misuse.
The Alaska Injury Prevention Center (AIPC) Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program supports state laws in keeping children safely secured each time they travel in a motor vehicle by promoting car seat and booster seat use. We offer individual appointments with parents and caregivers to educate them on the proper use and installation of their car seat.
For families in financial need we also offer a limited number of car seats and booster seats for a nominal donation. Our CPS Instructors give presentations statewide to groups, schools, agencies and institutions to promote proper transportation of children. Along with our partners, AIPC hosts many public car seat check-up events statewide every year.
AIPC is a lead agency in the Alaska CPS Statewide Coalition to help coordinate CPS activities statewide.