The Cheviot Department of Fire & EMS, in conjunction with Children’s Hospital offers free car seat checks. See below for information on scheduling an inspection. We have certified Car Seat Technicians who attended a class though Children’s Hospital and the American Automobile Association. Approximately 80% of all car seats were improperly installed or unsafe to use. Ohio law requires all children up to 8 years of age, under 4 foot 9 inches tall or under 100 pounds to be in a child restraint device. See below for details on how to schedule a car seat inspection.
Many children over 40 pounds are not able to use a seat belt safely and may need to use a booster seat. If children are improperly restrained, or improperly secured in a standard seat belt, the child’s chances of significant injury can increase greatly.
Steps In a Car Seat Inspection:
- Make, Model, and year of the car seat.
- Checking to see if the car seat has been recalled.
- Verify the seat is installed correctly and /or make necessary changes.
- Questions of parents.
- Other questions and car seat tips.
A typical car seat check takes about 30-45 minutes. We ask that the parents bring the owners manual, the car seat manual, and if possible, the child. A proper inspection takes time, and our inspectors perform many of them. They also have other duties including making emergency runs. There is not a certified inspector at all of our stations most times. For these reasons, we ask that persons desiring a car seat inspection arrange for an appointment with one of our inspectors.
For more information, or to schedule a car seat inspection, call (513) 661-2958