Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death in children.  Child car seats save lives, and are required by law.

We offer free car seat checkups twice each month by appointment only. We cannot accommodate drop-in requests.

Appointments are set between 3 and 6 p.m. and alternate between Mariner Fire Station 11 and Martha Lake Fire Station 21.

Checkup request

Child Passenger Safety Basics

Always read your child car seat owner’s manual and your vehicle owner’s manual for installation instructions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  1. Keep infants and toddlers in rear-facing seats until they are at least 2 years of age or reach the maximum weight and height limits allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
  2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats until they reach the upper weight or height limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
  3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should ride in booster seats until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, usually between age 8-12 years old.
  4. When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly. To learn more about proper fit:  When is my child ready for an adult seat belt?
  5. Children under age 13 must ride in the back seat.