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Child Car Seat Safety

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

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce traffic-related costs. NHTSA offers a lot of motor vehicle and traffic safety information and literature, including:

  • Car seat recalls
  • Child passenger safety information
  • Consumer information on seat belts, airbags, anti-lock brakes, child restraints, and more
  • Motor vehicle safety recalls
  • Traffic safety educational materials
  • Vehicle crash test reports
  • Vehicle safety ratings

You can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236.

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." 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. To find car seat checkup events and inspection stations near you, click on "Car Safety: Find Car Seat Check Up Events." You can also contact Safe Kids USA at 650-724-1788. 
  • Seat Check: They can be reached at 866-SEAT-CHECK or 866-732-8243.

Please Note: Car seats should only be inspected 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


  • Car seat checks are by appointment only.
  • AAA offers free inspections at several locations in Santa Clara County.
  • Visit to find an inspection station near you.

California Highway Patrol - San José

2020 Junction Ave.
San José, CA 95131

Lucille Packard Children's Hospital

725 Welch Rd.
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.