Santa Clara County Fire Department

Car Seat and Passenger Safety

Is your child's car seat installed correctly? It is estimated that more than 85% of all car seats are improperly installed. Below are agencies that can provide car seat installation information and referrals to certified child passenger safety specialists. For more information, please call the Public Education Office.

Child Seat Inspections

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ (1.888.327.4236)
NHTSA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce traffic related health care and other economic costs. NHTSA offers a wide variety of motor vehicle and traffic safety information services and literature. Listed below are just a few of the topics they can help with:

  • Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls
  • Comprehensive Child Passenger Safety Information and Car Seat Recalls
  • Consumer Information on Seat Belts, Air Bags, Anti-lock Brakes, Child Restraints, and many other topics
  • Vehicle Crash Test Reports
  • Vehicle Safety Ratings
  • Traffic Safety Educational Materials
  • and more...

Locate a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station by State:
http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm - On the left side Under Quick Clicks, click on "Locate a Child Seat Fitting Station" and then enter your zip code

Safe Kids USA: www.usa.safekids.org or telephone: 650.724.1788
Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.

To locate car seat check up events and inspection stations near you, click on the "Car Safety: Find Car Seat Check Up Events" button.

Seat Check: www.seatcheck.org or telephone: 1.866.SEAT.CHECK (1.866.732.8243)
Please note: car seats should only be inspected and/or installed by a "Certified" Child Passenger Safety Technician. The Santa Clara County Fire Department does not inspect or install car seats. Please see the above links for assistance with car seat safety.

Car Seat Inspection Stations within Santa Clara County

How to prepare for your appointment:

  • Please allow up to 6-8 weeks for a time slot.
  • Read the car seat manual and attempt to install the car seat before your appointment.
  • Bring both the car seat instruction manual and your automobile owner’s manual to the appointment.

What to expect during your appointment:

  • Instruction and demonstration on how to correctly install your car seat.
  • Ensure you are using the correct seat based on child’s age, weight and height.
  • Check to see if the car seat has been recalled.
  • In and around car safety to protect your child(ren).

AAA – Gilroy
1395 First Street, Gilroy 95020
Car seat checks by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: 408.847.9223

AAA – Palo Alto
430 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto 94301
Car seat checks by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: 650.798.3202

AAA – San Jose/Oakridge
5340 Thornwood Drive, San Jose 95123
Car seat checks by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: 408.574.2220

Car Seat Inspection Locations in California, Nevada & Utah
www.csaa.com (search for "car seat inspections" in the search field)

California Highway Patrol (CHP) - Hollister-Gilroy
740 Renz Lane, Gilroy, CA 95020
Car seat checks by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: 408.848.2324

California Highway Patrol (CHP) - San Jose
2020 Junction Avenue, San Jose 95131
Car seat checks by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: 408.467.5400

Child Booster Seats, Safety Seats and FAQ's: http://www.chp.ca.gov/community/safeseat.html

Good Samaritan Hospital – (ACCESS)
2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose 95124
Car seat checks by appointment only. Space is limited.
To schedule an appointment call: 888.724.2362

Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
725 Welch Road, Palo Alto 94304
Car seat checks by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: 650.736.2981 or http://www.lpch.org/forPatientsVisitors/CommunityResources/fittingStation.html

Milpitas Police Department
1275 N. Milpitas Boulevard, Milpitas 95035
Car seat checks by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: 408.586.2400

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
700 All American Way, Sunnyvale 94086
Car seat checks by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment call: 408.730.7179 - Car Seat hotline
NOTE: You must live in Sunnyvale to schedule a car seat inspection at this location.

Tiny Tots of Campbell
138 Railway Avenue, Campbell 95008 - 408.866.2925
Car seat checks by appointment only, Fridays 9:00am - noon.
To schedule an appointment, visit: http://tinytots.com/events/#carseat

Additional helpful links

American Academy of Pediatrics: www.aap.org

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (English and Spanish): www.chop.edu/service/car-seat-safety-for-kids/index.html

Consumer Reports: www.consumerreports.org

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: www.iihs.org

National Safety Council: www.nsc.org

Partners for Child Passenger Safety: www.chop.edu/carseat

SafetyBeltSafe (in English and Spanish): www.carseat.org

State of California Official Website (Office of Traffic Safety): www.ots.ca.gov

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