The Community Investment for Families Department (CIFD) provides safety instructions for children, and seniors while riding in vehicles, walking, or biking through our Child Passenger Safety Program and the Safe Biking and Walking Program. These programs are offered through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In California, car accidents are among the top five causes of hospitalization and death among children under age 16. Studies show that serious injury to a child passenger during the operation of a vehicle can be significantly reduced if the child is in a car seat that has been properly installed and fitted. Many parents, however, are not aware of the steps they should take to ensure that their children are as safe as possible while riding in a motor vehicle.
Keeping Children Safe in Vehicles
The goal of our Child Passenger Safety (CPS) program is to increase child passenger safety and reduce the number of injuries and deaths to children caused during automobile accidents by educating parents, guardians, and other adults about the proper selection and installation of child passenger seats. Through the coordinated efforts of the City’s FamilySource Centers, hospitals, and other participating organizations, the CPS program provides child passenger safety education to low-income families throughout the City of Los Angeles.
Child Passenger Safety Classes
Join our child passenger safety classes which are led by trained and certified CPS staff. During each session, the parent/guardian receives important information about how to correctly install a car seat in the vehicle and properly fit the child in the seat. Classes are provided several times each month at different locations and are open to the public.
For more information about the CPS program, or to register for a class, please call (213) 808-8962.