Making kids safer, one question at a time.  Welcome to the Car-Seat.Org community!   Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 cause of fatal injury for children and adults, age groups 1 to 34.   Selecting a safe car, minivan or SUV, plus correctly using child restraints and seatbelts may be the most important things you can do to protect your family.   Need help installing an infant, convertible or booster seat?   Looking for carseat reviews or compatibility advice? Need help buying the best and safest car seats for your baby, toddler or older kid?   No question is a bad one, so please click here to ask our experts a question and then join our friendly community of moms, dads, caregivers and advocates in the USA and Canada.   Thank you for visiting; buckle-up and drive safely!


 

Sponsored Ads

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Senior Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    2,775

    I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    I got a 95% (missed five questions) on the test! When I questioned three of them, the instructor admitted that they didn't really cover those questions or talk about them at all, but I did still mark the wrong answer so it was still wrong

    I passed all of my hands on skills assessments on the first attempt (they give you three). I passed all of the visual skills assessments, like on improper installation, use of aftermarket products and improperly securing the child.

    I had so much fun! Especially today when we did a carseat check, I checked 5 seats in 2 hours (they allot 30 minutes per seat), and I met some awesome parents. One van came through with THREE grandmas who had a little boy so poorly secured and they *knew* it and were sooooo grateful for help learning how to install his seat properly and adjust the harness to fit him. They were the sweetest ladies, I wish my kids had three grandmas like them, they were so loving and just wanted to do the right thing! They were *so* proud of themselves when they got his seat in 100% correctly and could drive off with him as safe as could be! Sadly every single seat that came through today was improperly installed or the child was improperly secured or both. Every single seat. We checked 26 seats in 2.5 hours (the last 45 minutes we just had one car with all of us wanting to check the seats in it).
    "If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it." Severn Suzuki, age 12

  2. # ADS
    Sponsored Ads
    Join Date
    April, 2001
    Location
    Car-Seat.Org
    Posts
    Many
     
     

  3. #2
    CPS Fanatic JaRylan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Saskatchewan
    Posts
    1,079

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Congratulations!!!! That is so cute about the 3 grandma's.
    Jacqui ~ Rylan ~ 08.13.02 ~ 57.2lbs on 9/26/08 ~ Radian 65
    Join Starlight's Book Club, read your manuals! Car seats are cheaper than caskets & you can use them more than once. How much did your wedding cost? How long did it last? Does your child's safety seem more affordable now?

  4. #3
    Senior Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    2,775

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Thank you!

    I am going to be going to monthly seat checks about an hour from where I live to get more hands on experience & then in early June there is a kids fair that is a HUGE Safe Kids Seat Check Event & I am looking forward to volunteering there too!

    Hopefully by this fall, my friend and I will have enough experience on our own that we can do regular seat checks in our own community that is desperately lacking in child safety.
    "If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it." Severn Suzuki, age 12

  5. #4
    Senior Community Member CrabbyBunchX3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    West Virginia
    Posts
    596

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Congratulations!!!
    Mama to 3 great kids
    DD1 [2004] 47lbs, SK Monterey
    DS [2005] 40.9lbs, FF Cougar Regent
    DD2 [2007] 40.7lbs, FF Graco Nautilus
    Wishing someone would pass the water

  6. #5
    Senior Community Member scatterbunny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    13,317

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Congratulations!!

    It sounds like it went well! Did they cover everything you thought they SHOULD cover?

    Love the grandmas--my first install at the clinic we had was a grandma, too.
    ~Jenny

    "When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people." ~Abraham Joshua Hesche

  7. #6
    CPS Fanatic
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    2,772

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!


  8. #7
    Senior Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    2,775

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by scatterbunny View Post
    Congratulations!!

    It sounds like it went well! Did they cover everything you thought they SHOULD cover?

    Love the grandmas--my first install at the clinic we had was a grandma, too.
    Honestly? no, not at all. We were taught the old curriculum though, and I really hope the new curriculum is much better.

    They taught us to turn a 1 year old 20 pounder forward facing, and I brought a printed copy of the AAP statement, and at the seat check I taught the AAP statement to parents.

    They also assumed a 40 pound 3 year old would be in a booster, and taught us that it was ok for a 30 pound 3 year old to be in a booster. The instructor also said at one seatcheck she had a 42 pound 2 year old and he was taken out of a harnessed seat and sent home in a booster -- that made me VERY sad.
    "If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it." Severn Suzuki, age 12

  9. #8
    Senior Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    2,775

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    A few of the questions I got wrong I chose the *right* answer for based on what I have learned in my experience and right here at carseat.org, however they were wrong answers because it didn't mesh with the curriculum.
    "If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it." Severn Suzuki, age 12

  10. #9
    Senior Community Member scatterbunny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    13,317

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Ahh, I get you totally. That part was frustrating to me, too--that the curriculum doesn't address any HWH seats, that we must always assume a 40 pound child goes to a booster, regardless of age, that any child over one year old who is also at least 20 pounds goes forward-facing.

    Luckily my instructors did cover the fact that it's better to rear-face to the limits of the convertible seat as long as the height guidelines are met (which, come to think of it, I don't think they talked about the space above the top of the head, they talked about height limits in manuals ), and probably thanks to my prodding talked more about HWH seats than they probably would have.

    My instructors did stress the fact that our test questions would not reflect best practice rules for extended rear-facing and harnessing, and that helped a lot when it came to taking the test.

    It's so hard to think the "right" answer for a 2-3yo, 40# child is a bpb, isn't it?
    ~Jenny

    "When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people." ~Abraham Joshua Hesche

  11. #10
    CPS Technician bobandjess99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    3,955

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Congrats!!
    We must have finished our courses together, LOL!!

  12. #11
    Senior Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    2,775

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Yes Jenny, that was exactly the problem.

    One that I missed that they didn't cover was about being FAA approved, it was a test question & I can't remember the wording, but I got it wrong. They never covered it in class... we must have been running behind, we had a few people in the class either without kids or who haven't dealt with carseats for their own kids for more then a decade & they just weren't getting it -- at all.
    "If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it." Severn Suzuki, age 12

  13. #12
    Senior Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    2,775

    Re: I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by bobandjess99 View Post
    Congrats!!
    We must have finished our courses together, LOL!!
    Yes, I noticed that!! Congrats to you again
    "If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it." Severn Suzuki, age 12

Similar Threads

  1. WI Child Passenger Safety Law
    By drey in forum Automotive and Transportation Safety News, Press Releases and Media
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-03-2007, 12:59 PM
  2. bad child passenger safety in the comics
    By Qarin in forum Carseat Chat
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 10-27-2006, 07:30 AM
  3. Child Passenger Safety In Motor Homes
    By Fire Pio in forum CAR SEATS - General Child Safety Seat Questions, Help and Advice
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-21-2006, 11:01 AM
  4. Child Passenger Safety Week ideas?
    By thepeach80 in forum CAR SEATS - General Child Safety Seat Questions, Help and Advice
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 02-15-2006, 12:09 AM
  5. Child Passenger Safety Week?
    By Victorious4 in forum Carseat Chat
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-03-2004, 05:44 PM

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •