SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. the national, non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety. Our mission is to help reduce the number of serious and fatal traffic injuries suffered by children by promoting the correct, consistent use of safety seats and safety belts.
Founded in 1980, SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. is nationally recognized for program excellence, training, and up-to-date technical materials. We provide consultation to advocates, parents, business leaders, the media, and professionals working in the fields of health care, traffic safety, and education.
Stephanie M. Tombrello, L.C.S.W., Executive Director of SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., has been involved in child passenger safety since 1970. While shopping for a car seat for her infant daughter, she was shocked to learn that most of the models available in stores were unsafe. Stephanie and several other early pioneers in the field successfully petitioned the federal government to require crash testing for child restraints. She also wrote the petition which resulted in the federal requirement for manufacturers to provide shoulder belts in the rear seats of all post-1989 passenger vehicles.
In 1980, Stephanie founded a grassroots organization in the Los Angeles area which evolved to become SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. Under her leadership, the organization has become the premier resource for child passenger safety in the nation. Stephanie is a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician-Instructor and was appointed in 1995 to the National Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Restraint & Vehicle Compatibility.
How to Keep Your Family Safe in the Car
Stephanie Tombrello with SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. explains how to keep your family safe on the road.
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Stephanie Tombrello: Hello, I am Stephanie Tombrello, nationally certified child passenger safety technician instructor and Executive Director of SafetyBeltSafe U.
A. I am here to talk with you about how to protect your family in the car. Whether you are going on a few airings or taking a trip around the country, it's imperative to have your young ones buckled up, in fact your whole family buckled up correctly for every ride. We will discuss choosing the proper safety seat for your child. I will help you understand the potential dangers of the airbags and show you the safest place for your children to sit and we will also go over some important car safety tips. For demonstration purposes, I'll be using this van and a variety of child safety seats. Remember there are many child safety seats out there made to fit all maxim models of cars. You will want to have a safety seat that is designed to fit the weight, height and age of your child; we will go into this further later on. Did you know that every state has laws requiring the use of child safety seats? However, when safety seats are improperly installed, it can not only jeopardize the safety of your child, but everyone riding in the vehicle. All those shot in 1979, this footage still clearly shows what happens during the low speed collision. Keeping your children safe however is just the first step. Your children look up to you, so set the right example and buckle yourself up properly every time you hit the road. Before we begin, let me tell you a little bit about U.
A. the national non-profit devoted exclusively to child passenger safety. Founded in 1980, our focus has been getting the message out about the correct consistent use of safety seats and safety belts to protect children in the vehicle, and now let's get started and show you how to keep your families safe in the car.