Do local fire departments check car seats?

Many fire departments moved away from having trained Child Passenger Safety Technicians on duty. Some fire departments don’t do any car seat checks at all any more and some have a few firefighters or public information officers who are trained and do car seat checks at certain times.

Do firemen know how do you install car seats?

Many fire departments will install and check car seats, but they need to have a child passenger safety technician on hand to do it. Not as many firefighters are also CPS techs anymore due to liability risk. You should certainly call and ask before you assume the fire department can help.

What testing do car seats go through?

Crash testing – also referred to as dynamic testing – involves properly securing a crash test dummy into a car seat that is properly installed on the crash test bench. The test bench is then accelerated and decelerated at a specific speed to simulate a frontal collision at 30 mph (48 km/hr).

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Do car seats have to be checked?

No. Every U.S. airline allows you to check a car seat free of charge when traveling with a child. You can check your car seat at the airport baggage counter or wait and check it at your gate.

Can you get second hand car seats tested?

If you decide to take the second hand seat, get the fitment checked at a Good Egg Clinic or with your local road safety team (if they do car seat checking).

Why do firefighters install car seats?

Meaning, when you show up at the firehouse for a car seat check, you may get a firefighter (or police officer or nurse, if you go to those places) whose heart is in the right place. They do what they do because they want to help people and want you to feel comfortable.

Where can I make sure my car seat is properly installed?

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  1. A child safety seat inspection station is the most common place consumers can go to get their child safety seats checked. …
  2. Inspection stations are frequently located at local automobile dealerships, police stations, fire houses, hospitals, and many more places.

Which car seat is the safest?

The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.

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What seat should my child be in?

Current California Law:

​Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt.

Are all car seats equally safe?

“All car seats are equally safe because they all have to meet performance standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.” If the most basic car seat is out of your budget, check with your local hospital or fire or police department—they often have programs that make car seats available to eligible …

How do I know if my car seat is airline approved?

Not all car seats are approved for use in airplanes. Make sure your CRS is government approved and has “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft” printed on it. Otherwise, you may be asked to check the CRS as baggage.

Can you check a car seat Southwest?

Customers traveling with children will be allowed to check one stroller and one Child Restraint System (CRS) or car seat per child without charge. This is in addition to the regular free baggage allowance. … The Customer may check the stroller and CRS or car seat at the curb, ticket counter, or gate.

Can you gate check a stroller and car seat?

Children’s strollers and child safety seats are not counted as part of the standard baggage and therefore can be easily checked for free. For your convenience, these items may be checked at the curbside, the ticket counter or at the gate. Child safety seats may be brought on board the plane in certain circumstances.

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Why shouldn’t you buy a second hand car seat?

The best advice is do not buy a second-hand child seat.

Second-hand seats are also likely to be older, to have suffered more wear and tear and may not be designed to current safety standards. It is far better to buy a new child seat. Prices range dramatically, and it is not necessary to buy the most expensive one.

Is it illegal to sell second hand car seats?

Can you sell it or give it away? Charity and reuse shops do not generally accept used child car seats and parents are advised against buying them second hand because of safety fears. … However, it is not illegal to sell second-hand car seats online, with listings available on well-known websites.

What do you do with old car seats?

What to Do with Old Car Seats? Car Seat Recycling and Donation in all 50 US States

  1. Give the used car seat to friends or family.
  2. Donate the car seat.
  3. Recycle the car seat.
  4. Throw the car seat in the trash.