Forest County Potawatomi Car Seat Safety Program
The Forest County Potawatomi (FCP) Community Health Department has offered a Car Seat Safety Program in alignment with the Child Safety Restraints, Booster Seats, and Safety Belt Requirement, 2005 Wisconsin Act 106 since its enactment in June 2006. This law requires parents to use a progression of three car safety seats (rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster) for children who are 8 years or younger, 40 to 80 pounds, and no taller than 4’9”.
The program offers free car safety seats to FCP tribal members and offers personalized education through videos, hands-on demonstrations, and consultations. The program has experienced high participation rates over the years; however, informal data have suggested that tribal parents are not using distributed car safety seats properly, despite receiving education when meeting with FCP child passenger safety technicians.
Recent data have identified high rates of unintentional injuries, specifically traffic-related incidents, among the FCP tribe. Car seat safety is a critical component of protecting children on the roadways; therefore, the FCP Community Health Department thought it was necessary to examine the current Car Seat Safety Program to determine effectiveness and areas of improvement.
Kuber, K. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. Forest County Potawatomi Car Seat Safety Program. Wed, 10/09/2013 - 13:39. Available at http://phqix.org/content/forest-county-potawatomi-car-seat-safety-program. Accessed March 4, 2021.