Transportation Related Injury Prevention Program (TRIPP)
Need a car seat?
If your child has been a patient in the hospital or clinic, please call 602-344-5364.
Maricopa Integrated Health System provides toddler car safety seats for children over 14 lbs. and booster seats for children 40 to 100 lbs. or 5 to 8 years of age. Children admitted to Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, or seen in the outpatient burn clinic or one of our Family Health Centers may receive car safety seats.
This program is funded by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
Important Safety Tips
A car seat is an important piece of baby equipment that you need. An unsecured child could easily be injured in the event of a car crash. You should always have them installed by an expert. MIHS will provide you with a car seat and help you install it in your car. Please read the following important safety tips:
- Use a car seat every time your baby rides in your car. This practice should begin with your baby's initial trip home from the hospital. The safest place for children to ride is in the back seat.
- Toddlers should always ride in the back seat of the car.
- Children over 1 year weighing more than 20 lbs. should ride forward facing in the back seat of the car.
- Car seat harness straps should be snug and the harness clip fastened at the armpit level.
- Route harness straps through the upper slot for forward facing position.
- For rear facing position, infants in a convertible car seat should be in a reclined 45 degree position and the harness straps should be at or below shoulder level.
- If using a convertible car seat, adjust the car seat in the upright position.
- The car seat should be tightly installed with the vehicle belts or latch system of the car.
- Some forward-facing seats called combination seats can be used as a belt positioning booster. When the child reaches upper weight limits of 40 lbs, the straps are removed and the vehicle belts are used.
- Boosters can only be used with both lap and shoulder belts of the car.
Things to Know
Common mistakes made when using or installing car seats.
- Car seat facing the wrong direction in vehicle.
- Car seat has been recalled or involved in a crash.
- Infant car seat is in the path of an airbag.
- Child moved into seat belt instead of a booster seat.