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Second edition of the UNED and Fundación MAPFRE course: 'Infant and child safety in cars'

Segunda edición del curso de UNED y Fundación MAPFRE: ‘Bebés y niños seguros en el coche’


Any one of us could have a road traffic accident. However, it is in our power to prevent this from being one of the leading causes of infant mortality. The use and correct installation of child restraint systems is the most effective means of preventing death and serious injury for children in cars. One year on, Fundación MAPFRE, in collaboration with the National Distance Education University (UNED), is holding its course on ‘Infant and child safety in cars’, for the second time. Sign up and learn how to help contribute to reducing children's road accident rates!

This course intends to provide information and training on the most important aspects of road safety for child passengers in cars and vans so that those who successfully complete the course are able to pass on this knowledge to others. This course also intends to contribute to reducing the number of children injured on the highways.


The course (code SegInfAuto002) begins on 9 October and ends on 22 November 2018. The teaching staff is comprised of:

  • Ms. Rosa Goig Martínez, from the Research and Diagnostics Methods in Education I Department of the UNED's Faculty of Education
  • Mr. José Quintanal Díaz, also from the Research and Diagnostics Methods in Education I Department of the UNED's Faculty of Education
  • Mr. Jesús Monclús González, from Fundación MAPFRE
  • Mr. Fernando Camarero Rodríguez, also from Fundación MAPFRE

The course is directed at those persons who can pass on information on children's road safety, i.e,  medical professionals such as gynecologists; midwives; neonatal workers and pediatricians. It is also directed at child car seat retailers, road safety teachers and trainers (driving schools, city councils, etc), car dealership employees, workers at educational centers (schools, day care centers), police and traffic officers, child minders or road safety experts (researchers, prosecutors).

The first module addresses the importance of child restraint systems and offers an introduction to the topic by covering aspects such as road accident rates, a 3 impact collision, the effectiveness and rate of use of child car seats, CRS legislation, approval standards, self-assessment tests and the ISOFIX system. 

Module 2 deals with 'How small children should be traveling by car safely from birth until 12 years old'. The course covers Matriz FM, the types of child car seats available, the first stage when they are still babies, moving on to the second, third and fourth stages with boosters and seat belts, respectively. 

Module 3 addresses 'Maximum safety for all risk groups' and deals with the importance of traveling in a rear-facing position, airbags and child safety, pregnancy and seat belts, as well as children with special needs.

Lastly, module 4 covers 'Practical aspects to take into account' such as passing from use to good use and common errors, child car seat awareness campaigns, practical tests of CRS use, frequently asked questions and practical concerns.

Each module has its own self-assessment tests. At the start of each part of the course a tutor is available to talk to if you have any questions. Moreover, the students from each part of the course can also interact with each other on an internal forum.

Each course is inspired by the training program developed in the EU by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and has been adapted to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries: We would like to highlight that a large part of the course content is based on the Fundación MAPFRE online resources at

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