CHILD CAR SEATS

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 a month at either Martha Lake Station 21 or at Mariner Station 11. Please request an appointment in advance - we cannot accommodate drop-ins.

Appointments are usually set between 3 and 6 p.m.

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.