This week we are directing a portion of our sales to a non-profit organization that is very important to our mission as a company: Safe Kids Worldwide. Founded in 1988, Safe Kids works with partner agencies around the country (and world!) to keep kids safe from preventable injuries. They focus education and advocacy efforts on topics such as motor vehicle traffic injuries, drowning, pedestrian safety, sports safety, burn prevention and more. Additionally, in the United States, Safe Kids is the certifying body for the national car seat technician certification program.
Did you know that at Evenflo we have over 40 nationally certified car seat technicians on our team? This represents a broad cross-section of our company – including engineering, product development, marketing, quality, technical writing, and customer service. We also have two car seat technician instructors that not only host classes for our team members but work collaboratively with community programs to help support local certification classes throughout the year.
Evenflo car seat techs and instructors during a certification class in Dayton, Ohio.
So, what does it take to become a car seat technician? The national training and certification program is a 32-hour class with hands-on instruction, classroom learning and multiple written and physical skills examinations. The course covers basic technical knowledge around the selection, installation and use of car seats and booster seats. To maintain certification, car seat technicians must stay up to date on the latest information in child passenger safety by earning CEUs and participating in community events during their two-year certification cycle.
Our team uses our national CPST certifications in many ways. ParentLink, our customer service team, answers consumer questions via phone, chat and email. Additionally, we offer one-on-one video installation appointments to help consumers understand how to use their own car seats with their children. Our product development team works directly with families and children to validate child and vehicle fit with upcoming projects. During those events, we also help families with their existing car seats. Finally, we host and participate in virtual and in-person events for the car seat technician and advocacy community to help share new product details, as well as other technical and manufacturing related information.
Evenflo car seat technicians, instructors and community partners during a certification class at the Evenflo offices in Canton, Massachusetts.
Interested in becoming a car seat technician? You don’t need to work for a car seat manufacturer to join the 43,000+ car seat techs around the country. You just need to have a passion for keeping kids safe. Find more information at: https://cert.safekids.org/