Car Seat Safety

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Trained technicians and practitioners provide services to parents, families and caregivers around Child Passenger Safety.

C.A.R.S. training
An approved technician by the Department of Humans Services can provide this training to childcare providers, foster care providers and agencies that transport children under the age of 9. This course meets requirements for those child care providers who transport children. Participants will learn about the current child passenger safety law, liability issues, what type of seat belt systems are in their vehicles, types of crashes that occur, the different types of child passenger safety restraints used today, appropriate seat selection for the each child and how to install them. The key to this class is to assure that a child passenger restraint fits each child correctly , that it fits the vehicle it is being used in and to assure that it is used correctly on every ride. 

car seat distribution program
Technicians provide a free one-hour class for parents on proper use of their child safety seat. The training includes information on the correct seat for the child, safely securing the child in the seat, and correct installation of the seat in the vehicle. Child safety seats are available for purchase, on a sliding fee basis at the training. Contact Public Health for eligibility requirements.

Car seat checks
At a Car Seat Check, seats are evaluated for defects, recalls, suitability for the age and size of the child, and fit with the safety belt system in the vehicle.  If you want to get your child's car seat checked, call Public Health for an appointment.

Educational Opportunities
Staff can come and present on car seat safety and demonstrate correct installation of a seat.  These educational opportunities have been given at prenatal classes, ECFE, and many other settings. Call Public Health for more information.

 Call 320-864-3185 or contact us via email at mcleod.phnsupport@co.mcleod.mn.us for more information.