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Child Car Seat 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.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) 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. NHTSA may be contacted at (888) 327-4236. A few of the topics they can help with include:

  • Car seat recalls
  • Comprehensive child passenger safety information
  • Consumer information on seat belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, child restraints, and
  • many other topics
  • Motor vehicle safety recalls
  • Traffic safety educational materials
  • Vehicle crash test reports
  • Vehicle safety ratings

Locate a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station by State

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: On the left side Under Quick Clicks, click on "Locate a Child Seat Fitting Station" and then enter your zip code
  • Safe Kids USA: 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. They may also be reached by telephone at (650) 724-1788. To locate car seat checkup events and inspection stations near you, click on the "Car Safety: Find Car Seat Check Up Events" button.
  • Seat Check: They may also be reached by telephone at (866) SEAT.CHECK or (866) 732-8243.

Please Note: Car seats should only be inspected and/or installed by a "Certified" Child Passenger Safety Technician. The San José 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

AAA - San José Office

5340 Thorwood Drive
San José, CA 95123
  • Car seat checks are by appointment only.
  • To schedule an appointment call (408) 574.2220

AAA - Mountain View Office

900 Miramonte Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94040
  • Car seat checks are by appointment only.
  • To schedule an appointment call (650) 623-3209 (English/Spanish)
  • Find Car and Booster Seat Safety and AAA Inspection Locations in CA & NV

California Highway Patrol (CHP) - San José

2020 Junction Ave.
San José, CA 95131

Lucille Packard Children's Hospital

725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety

700 All American Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
  • Car seat checks are by appointment for Sunnyvale residents only.
  • To schedule an appointment call the Car Seat Hotline at (408) 730-7179.