Child Passenger & Car Seat Safety

Research by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – a national leader in pediatric and adolescent medicine found that in the U.S. only 1 in 4 child car seats are properly installed.Adding to this tragedy is the fact that many of the injuries and deaths are avoidable with the use of proper restraints like child car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. That is why in 2004 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Toyota teamed up to create Buckle Up for Life, a community-based passenger safety education program that educates the families on critical safety behaviors.

Buckle Up for life began in Bristol in 2013 headed up by Samuel Jones, who previously organized the Tri Cities Diaper Ministry. Bristol’s Promise is the fiscal agent and provides a steering committee for structure.

Samuel holds certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician for regular car seats, school buses and children with special health care needs. His education programming is designed to educate children 4 to 12 years old, teens, and adults on the importance of wearing seat belts and using motor vehicle restraints, and helps address the following key points:

  • What happens in a crash
  • The importance of making sure children are properly restrained when traveling
  • The importance of buckling up to prevent ejection in the event of a motor-vehicle crash
  • Texting/Distracted driving

He works with the Toyota Buckle Up for Life Program, Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital, Safe Kids Coalition and other partners. His programming is carried out at the YWCA, Girls’ Incorporated, Head Start and additional locations. A $10,000 grant for the 2019-20 year was awarded to our Bristol area community for education and the distribution of car seats.

Samuel was named the 2017-2018 Buckle Up for Life Coordinator of the Year. Samuel’s work is provided at no cost to the organization as he volunteers his time.

Samuel works with a team of Child Passenger’s Safety Technicians including ones from Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Bristol Tennessee Fire Rescue, and Bristol Virginia Fire Departments to offer car seat checks in the Bristol area.

Samuel can provide the following services to those who are interested:

  • Car Seat Safety Checks
  • Special Needs Car Seat Installation and Education
  • Training for use of Car Seats on School Buses

In addition, he facilitates programming children, teens and adults on seat belt safety, and distracted driving. Samuel also is a CarFit event coordinator, where he helps the elderly find the right fit for their vehicle including showing them mirrors and steering wheel adjustments.

For More Information Contact Samuel Jones

276-254-5439 or at