Thousands of children are injured or killed every year by safety seats that are improperly fastened by parents or caretakers. Most collisions occur within a mile of the home, so buckle up your child in a safety seat every time, no matter how short the trip may be.

It is estimated that more than 80% of all car seats are improperly installed. Below are agencies within Santa Clara County that can provide car seat installation information and teach you how to properly install a car seat.

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Car Seat Inspection Agencies within Santa Clara County

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California Highway Patrol (CHP) - Hollister-Gilroy
740 Renz Lane, Gilroy, CA 95020
Car seat checks by appointment only.
     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.
     Schedule an Appointment: call 408.467.5400

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Good Samaritan Hospital – (ACCESS)
2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose 95124
Car seat checks by appointment only. Space is limited.
Appointments are offered the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 9:00am – 12:00 Noon
Location: East parking lot of Good Samaritan Hospital (Between aisles P & Q).
     Schedule an Appointment 

Stanford Children's Health
725 Welch Road, Palo Alto 94304
Car seat checks by appointment only.
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Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
700 All American Way, Sunnyvale 94086
Car seat checks by appointment only, available on Wednesdays only from 1:00-4:00pm, excluding holidays.
     Schedule an Appointment: call Car Seat Hotline @ 408.730.7179 
     NOTE: You must live in Sunnyvale to schedule a car seat inspection at this location.

Beep! Beep! Car Seat at Tiny Tots of Campbell
138 Railway Avenue, Campbell 95008
Car seat checks by appointment only.    
     Schedule an Appointment

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.
  • Obtain in and around car safety information to protect your child(ren).

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