This is the childpasngrproj Document.
Child Passenger Safety Project
The Child Passenger Safety Project is supported by funding through the Department of Transportation. The Injury Prevention and Control Program (IPCP) oversees this project, with many of its activities implemented through the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition (KIPC)/SAFE KIDS Hawai‘i. The emphasis of the project is primarily educational in nature, ranging from education of the public about child passenger safety and proper installation of car seats to training and certification of child passenger safety technicians.
Permanent child passenger safety inspection stations have been established at hospitals and primary health care centers, to provide the following services:
Teach parents, upon appointment, how to properly install car seats.
Conduct Community Check-Up Events to instruct the general public about proper installation of car seats.
Integrate child passenger safety information into current classes held at the inspection station site.
After initiating the permanent inspection stations, the IPCP advanced further to weave the stations into a network, establishing a quality management program to ensure a standardized quality of care.
Twice a year, the Standardized National Child Passenger Safety 32-hour Certification Course is offered to certify participants as Child Passenger Safety Technicians or Instructors. Certified Technicians and Instructors provide education services at the inspection stations, community check-up events, and other speaking engagements as requested.
Child Passenger Safety for Children with Special Health Needs
The Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children (KMCWC) provides services supporting passenger safety for children with special health needs. Trainings and in-service sessions offer general knowledge to parents and practitioners about passenger safety for this special group of children. In addition, measures to ensure that children with special health needs are transported safely have been taken through improvements to policy.
The KMCWC operates a loan equipment program where car seats and other related equipment provided by the IPCP are loaned to families. Further assistance is offered through individual appointments with parents for fittings to car seats where other medical equipment may be involved. Familiarity with available technology allows the project to raise awareness about equipment available to families and to provide constructive comments to manufacturers about the quality of the seats used, widening the potential for product design improvements.