Every year in September, we celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week and National Car Seat Check Saturday. The events draw attention to the fact that car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 13 and younger, and that those deaths and injuries are often preventable with the proper use of children’s car seats, boosters and seat belts.
Arizona law requires that any child age 8 and younger under 4’9″ tall must be in a child restraint when in a vehicle.
Here are more local resources that offer year-round access to experts who can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your child’s safety seat is properly installed.
Offers car seat inspections and assistance from certified car seat technicians at four Valley locations. You must call ahead to schedule an appointment. Expect to wait six to eight weeks. az.aaa.com
Avondale Community Education
A certified child passenger safety technician will inspect and help install your child safety seat at no cost to you. Inspections are done by appointment at Avondale Fire Station 173, 11510 W. Durango St. 623-333-6112 or avondaleaz.gov
Chandler Fire Department’s Child Safety Seat Program
Certified car seat technicians (Chandler Fire personnel) will inspect and install car seats. Clinics are by appointment, usually on Saturday mornings. Clean your car seat thoroughly prior to arriving. Locations alternate between the Chandler Police Department at 250 E. Chicago St., and Chandler Regional Medical Center, 1955 W. Frye Road. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. chandleraz.gov
Gilbert Fire and Rescue
Free Car Seat Education Clinics are available to residents of Gilbert. Please schedule ahead. One car seat per appointment. Bring the owner’s manual for both your car seat and your vehicle. If your child restraint is new, remove it from the box prior to your arrival. Find a list of upcoming clinic dates and locations.
Mesa Fire and Medical
City of Mesa Fire Stations do not have car seat technicians available to assist with car seat installations. Car seat installations are offered by appointment only, and only from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Expect to wait about a month for an appointment. 480-644-2200 or mesaaz.gov
Peoria Fire-Medical Department
Assists with car seat safety inspections and installations by appointment only at the department’s administration offices, 8351 W. Cinnabar Ave. Car seat installations are not performed at the fire stations. 623-773-7919 or peoriaaz.gov
Phoenix Fire Department
At these “fitting locations,” firefighters will check to make sure your car seat is properly installed. You must make a reservation for a seat inspection or installation, and you must provide your own seat. Locations listed below are generally open 8 a.m. to noon. 602-495-KIDS or phoenix.gov
- Thursdays: Fire Station 61, 1935 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
- Fridays: Fire Station 32, 7620 S. 42nd Place, Phoenix.
- Saturdays: Fire Station 54, 9820 W. Campbell Ave., and Fire Station 56, 3210 W. Canotia Place, Phoenix.
Phoenix Police Department
Phoenix parents can ask questions about child restraint laws or make an appointment at one of 34 locations across the city to make sure a car seat is properly installed by calling 602-534-8687 anytime.
Scottsdale Fire Department
Scottsdale Public Safety personnel provide car seat inspections by appointment only at four Scottsdale locations. Book two appointments if you have more than two seats and/or two cars. 480-312-2229 or scottsdaleaz.gov
Surprise Fire-Medical Department
Have your child’s car seat inspected between 9 and 11 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month and the third Saturday of the month at Surprise Fire Station 303, 15440 N Cotton Lane. Call ahead to schedule an appointment. 623-222-5000 or surpriseaz.gov
Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department
Department personnel are available Tuesdays to inspect car seats by appointment. 480-858-7230 or tempe.gov
Safe Kids Maricopa County
Safe Kids Maricopa County and Child Crisis Arizona typically partner with local car dealerships in September and early October to offer car seat safety check events.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers parents tips on making sure their car seat will protect their baby in a crash, including this 30-second video, “Car Seat Tips.” More information, including how-to videos on car seat installation, is available at healthychildren.org.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association maintains an online car seat safety inspection stations locator. The NHTSA also has links to help parents find the right car seat, get the latest car seat recall information and more.
Safe Kids USA features research on car seats and placement and motor vehicle safety facts sheets.
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