Car Seat Installation and Inspection

Whether you’ve just installed a car seat or need help installing or using one, get help at a car seat inspection station near you. Certified technicians will inspect your car seat free of charge, in most cases, and show you how to correctly install and use it.

Cottleville Fire Protection District does not currently have a Certified Technician for installation or inspection, please visit the sites below to find a technician near you.

Car Seat Inspection Stations: 

St. Charles County Ambulance District 

Full List of Certified Stations in the  St. Louis Metro Area 

Car Seat Recommendations

The proper car seat can mean all the difference in a child's safety during an automobile accident. The National Highway Safety Traffic Association offers a wealth of information on the proper seats to use as well as tips on installation. There are many car seat choices on the market. Use the information below to help you choose the type of car seat that best meets your child’s needs or print out NHTSA’s car seat recommendations for children (PDF, 370 KB).
  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, then choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions (check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

Hot Car Seat Safety

On a day where it is 73°F outside, it only takes 25 minutes for temperatures inside a vehicle to exceed 100°F. Parents and caregivers of children should be on high alert for pediatric vehicular heatstroke - or children in hot cars. An average of 38 children die each year in hot cars, with caregivers forgetting them in the car more than 50% of the time.

The numbers show us that there’s still so much work left to do to prevent hot car deaths in kids. That’s why we are sharing the Hot Car Safety Statistics resource.