Find a Car Seat Inspection Station in Washington

Data collected from prior seat checks in Washington State, shows nearly a 70% misuse rate of child restraints. It is important to keep your child safe while riding in the vehicle. An important service to help ensure their safety is obtaining a car seat check from a nationally certified child passenger safety (CPS) technician.

A CPS Technician will conduct a one-on-one meeting with you to help you feel confident you are able to install and adjust the child restraint correctly.  It is not a pass or fail evaluation of how you are using your seat.

Before the Car Seat Checkup

  • Be prepared to learn. The technician is trained to teach you to install and use your car seat properly in your vehicle.
  • Know your child’s current weight and height.
  • Using the car seat instruction manual and the vehicle owner’s manual, try to install the car seat into your vehicle prior to your appointment.
  • Tip! Check the index of your vehicle owner’s manual for “child safety seats”.
  • Be sure to bring the car seat instruction manual AND the vehicle owner’s manual with you to your appointment.
  • If possible, bring your child with you as well as another caregiver to help while you are learning.

This one-on-one education typically takes 20-30 minutes, depending on your car seat and vehicle. The technician will take all the time you need until you feel comfortable that your car seat is used and installed correctly.


Not finding a convenient car seat inspection station in your area?

Some providers offer virtual seat checks you can complete by video.