In 2009 we found that Native American children were 4.5 times more likely to be riding unrestrained in vehicles. Native CARS worked with six Northwest tribes to create community interventions to improve child passenger safety, and saw a 50% percent increase in car seat use.

How did we do it? Inside the Native CARS Atlas, you will find everything we know about improving child passenger safety, along with tons of interactive tools that you can use to create change within your own tribe. Our mission is to make sure Native Children Always Ride Safe.

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Successful Teamwork in Colville

Our tribe found motor vehicle fatalities to be devastating and unacceptable, because they are largely preventable. We took action. Here, we share the steps we took to improve car seat use in our community.

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Big Improvements on the Nez Perce Reservation

The loss of life from motor vehicle crashes is devastating, because it claims the life of young people and shatters entire families and communities. In the state of Idaho, which is home to the Nez Perce Tribe, an unbelted passenger is killed every five days.

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 I routinely tell myself that if I make a difference in how one parent safely transports their child, then I’ve succeeded. You deserve a pat on the back and a hug from this kid when he’s older for this one.

— County Fire Fighter and EMT to Native CARS community project leader and certified child passenger seat technician after the EMT responded to a car crash that could have been fatal and was not.  The child’s mother reported that the Native CARS project leader had helped her get and install the car seat correctly.