Native CARS and the Atlas

Native CARS stands for Native Children Always Ride Safe, which may be the aspiration for any family, community, or tribe. The Native CARS Study is a community-led research study that developed and tested community-specific interventions to improve child passenger restraint use. The six tribes that implemented the study had significant improvements in car seat use.

Because of this success, additional funding was awarded to share what made the Native CARS Study work. The six original Native CARS tribes, along with staff at Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, created the Atlas to share the approaches that increased car seat use and ultimately saved children’s lives. The Native CARS Atlas was created by tribes, for tribes, and we hope you find something here to help you in your quest for zero child motor vehicle deaths in your community.

The Native CARS approach can be used by anyone, including:

  • Schools
  • Parent groups
  • Caregivers
  • Health care providers
  • Public health programs
  • Legal and law enforcement programs

Native CARS is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and is administered by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.