Installing a child car seat is no easy task. Research shows most seats are installed incorrectly and many children are improperly restrained. On top of that, selecting the right car seat, and knowing when to transition to the next type, is often confusing for parents. The First 5 Centers are working to ease this confusion and ensure safe travel for young children.
The five Centers began offering free car seat inspections three years ago through a small grant from the California Department of Public Health. These were short, one-day events in which families had their car seats inspected, and in some cases, received brand new car seats if their current one had been recalled or was deemed unusable.