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Inspection Stations: The Wave of Our Future


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Title: Inspection Stations: The Wave of Our Future

Inspection Stations The Wave of Our Future
Child Safety Seat Inspection Station (CSSIS)
  • Child Safety Seat Inspection Station (CSSIS) are
    permanent locations where certified child
    passenger safety technicians teach parents and
    caregivers best practices for installing and
    using their childs safety seat

Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations (CSSIS)
  • A brief history of the SKBU CSSIS program

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • May 2002
  • SKBU awarded grants to 30 coalitions through a
    competitive grant process
  • These grants were to be used to create and
    operate inspection stations
  • UAW-GM funding made these grants possible

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • Grants Purpose and Plan
  • intended to be used as seed money
  • used for seats, staffing, operating and
    administrative costs
  • designed as the initial step of a three year
    plan, with reductions in year two and again in
    year three
  • awarded with the intention that the CSSIS would
    be self sustaining at the end of the three year

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • June 2002
  • Training conference held in Detroit
  • All awardees were required to attend
  • Sites officially opened in August, 2002

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • Standard signage kit provided to each coalition
  • Monthly reporting required
  • Minimum hours of operation
  • Senior Checker required

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • Many of the 30 coalitions expanded to multiple
    sites some as many as eight

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • CSSIS Advisory Panel was formed
  • made up of coalition coordinators, CSSIS
    coordinators, SKBU National staff
  • provided a format to brainstorm and gathered
    feedback from field

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • CSSIS Advisory Panel

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • UAW chose not to continue their funding after
    year one, so . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • Funding was reduced more than originally
    anticipated for the second and third year
  • OUCH!!!!!

A Brief History . . . . . . . . .
  • Networking Conferences
  • San Antonio in December 2003
  • CSSIS shared challenges and successes of the
    first 18 months
  • Developed action plan for following year
  • St. Louis in April 2005
  • Emphasized funding, development and

  • Permanent location for technicians to stay
    current, recertify and work with other
  • Provides lead agency with community credibility
  • Accessible and consistent community resource
  • Total seats checked 97,822
  • Total seats awarded 37,059

  • Funding
  • UAW funding stopped short
  • Administrative functions reduced relative to Safe
    Kids funding
  • Unable to become self-sustaining
  • Dependable technicians and senior checkers
  • Seat storage
  • Inclement weather
  • Reaching target audience
  • Establishing a partnership with Chevrolet

The Wave of Our Future
  • Making the Chevrolet Connection!!!

How are we going to get thereOne step at a
  • Have a Chevrolet representative sit on your local
    or state Coalition Board of Directors, CPS
    Committee or Task Team
  • Understand and utilize Levels 1 - 4
  • Cultivate a lasting Chevrolet partnership - Start
    a CSSIS!!

Making the Initial Connection
  • Coordinator contacts Wes (West Coast) or Alexis
    (East Coast) with the name(s) and address(es) of
    potential dealership(s)
  • Coordinator provides prior dealership history
  • Wes or Alexis
  • Contacts GM Regional Manager who then identifies
    the dealership contact (2-3 weeks)
  • Receives contact name and mails out a packet of
    information with a letter explaining the national
    partnership and the local coalition contact
  • Calls the dealership and pitches the program
  • Provides the coalition coordinator with contact
  • Coalition coordinator contacts the dealership and
    defines the partnership. If the dealer is not
    interested we will move on to the next dealership

Level One
  • Dealer provides current child passenger safety
    literature in showrooms and service areas.

Level Two
  • Educate Chevrolet dealership sales and service
    staff with a half-day awareness workshop
    conducted by the local Safe Kids coalition.

Level Three
  • Ask The Expert
  • A certified technician from your Safe Kids
    network provides instructional information to
    staff, parents and customers at the dealership.
    Incorporate this activity into an existing
    dealership promotion or special initiative.

Level Four
  • Host a Car Seat Check Up Event
  • Once the dealership has completed Levels 1-3 and
    has a clear understanding of the Safe Kids
    Worldwide/Chevrolet partnership they are now
    ready to host a car seat check up event with
    their coalition.

Dealership Ph.D.
  • Establish a CSSIS
  • Once a coalition, general manager and owner have
    established a seasoned relationship, they may
    choose to implement a CSSIS at the dealership.

What you need to succeed!!!
  • Dealer Liaison is a dealership employee who has
    the working knowledge of a CSSIS and has the
    authority to meet coalition needs to provide a
    successful community program.

What you can ask for from the dealerships!!
  • Standard
  • Secure/Provide
  • Storage for car seats and equipment
  • Indoor accessibility for inclement weather
  • A location for a banner, literature and signage
  • Awareness training for all dealership staff on
    CPS issues and formally introducing the coalition
    to the dealership staff
  • Advertising
  • Extras
  • Funding for car seats and equipment
  • Space for an office
  • Dealership involved in 32-hour CPS training
  • Additional signage to permanently brand the Safe
    Kids CSSIS
  • Advertising through

Strengthening Your Existing Partnership
  • Utilize Levels 1 4 to build a lasting
  • Provide additional educational opportunities
  • Request assistance from Wes or Alexis to provide
    additional support

Giving your partnership a BOOST!!
  • Invite a dealer rep. to a board meeting and
    recruit for board membership
  • Develop an annual schedule and incorporate
    quarterly car seat check up events with the
  • Be consistent in reporting back to the dealership
  • Understand and respect their business
  • Work closely with them on advertising
  • Become part of their team and them yours
  • Be clear on the expectations of the partnership

  • Builds a strong team of technicians and
  • Establish a good working relationship with
    dealership personnel
  • Well organized and gets all evaluations in on
  • Provides all current materials necessary to run
  • Secures funding
  • Advocate
  • Spokesperson
  • Keeps technicians current
  • Effective communication skills

  • Stay current and up to date with certification
    and new technology
  • Is able to say I dont know to a parent and
    knows where to go to get the information
  • Offer hands-on instruction on how to install and
    use the child safety seat in the vehicle properly
  • Answer questions parents or caregivers may have
  • Complete documentation fully

  • Draft a realistic budget and proposal
  • Develop a presentation to solicit funds
  • Identify traditional and non-traditional funding
    sources within your community
  • Know your demographics and community
  • Never short change yourself
  • Always have a back up plan

CSSIS Tool Kit (Supply List)
  • Paperwork
  • Educational Materials
  • Office Supplies
  • Equipment

Thinking Outside the BOX!!How do we maximize
with limited resources, space and staff!!
What if the dealership doesnt have the space to
accommodate a CSSIS?
Investigate who the dealership partners with in
the community!!
  • For Example
  • YMCA, Girls and Boys Club, United Way, Childrens
    Hospital, etc.

Streamlining Technology
  • Online Scheduling
  • Data Collection
  • Benefits
  • Time efficient
  • Multiple agency participation
  • Bring services to high risk populations
  • Retrieve data easily and quickly

  • Safe Kids Pitts County, NC
  • Jennifer King
  • Safe Kids Tri Cities, NEAnn King

CSSIS Benefits for Dealerships
  • Opportunity to reach customers
  • Positive community relations
  • Opportunity to have a Safe Kids event at their
  • Safe Kids coalitions coordinate and manage the

CSSIS Benefit to Coalitions
  • New partner
  • Able to educate the dealership staff to help
    families make educated decisions when purchasing
    a new vehicle
  • Learn a new business
  • Be creative
  • Free advertising
  • Facility with indoor access (air conditioning)

Future Plan
  • Establish program partnerships with Chevrolets
    Standard for Excellence program.
  • Extend Safe Kids reach into more Chevrolet
    dealerships and dealer communities across the
  • Promote national branding of SKBU child passenger
    safety tools with Chevrolet mark.
  • Create more CSSIS at Chevrolet dealership
  • Recognize and promote Chevrolet dealerships as
    Safe Kids national partner develop continuity.

Time Line (Proposed)
  • We are currently negotiating a new 5 year
    contract with GM/Chevrolet
  • Contingent on this new contract, we anticipate
    offering CSSIS specific agreements for a period
    of 6 months (January 1 through June 30)
  • November 15, 2005
  • Existing Sites (6 month contract with 1 year
  • Pilot Sites (6 month contract)
  • December 15, 2005
  • All contracts are due to SKW