Schedule a Car Seat Inspection Appointment

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Currently Offering Virtual Car Seat Checks
As a way to increase precautionary health measures, such as social distancing.  Effective immediately, we will be conducting Virtual Child Car Seat checks until further notice. Please continue to use the online method below to submit your request.

Are you looking for instructions on how to install your new car seat? Are you looking for some reassurance on your current car seat setup? Good news, we got you covered here at the Lynnwood Police Department. We offer FREE child car seat installations to help ensure the safety of our youngest community members. You can make an appointment to meet one of our certified volunteer car seat technicians.
 
Appointments are between 30 - 60 minutes.


Here's how you can schedule an appointment with one of our car seat technicians:

 

 

Online

Step 1.Submit Your Inspection Request

Request your Appointment

Step 2.Appointment Confirmation

Our trained Car Seat Technicians will contact you to confirm your appointment.

Step 3.Inspection Day

Please arrive at your appointment on time and be sure to bring your car seat manual and vehicle manual along with you!

By Phone

Step 1.Call to Schedule a Car Seat Inspection

Please follow the voicemail instructions to leave a detailed message on our Car Seat Inspection Helpline - including desired appointment date/time, how many car seats and car seat type/brand.

Step 2.Appointment Confirmation

Our trained Car Seat Technicians will return your phone call to confirm your appointment.

Step 3.Inspection day

Please arrive at your appointment on time and be sure to bring your car seat and owner's manual along with you!

Motor vehicle crashes are the single largest cause of child fatalities in the country. Proper child seat safety can reduce the risk of injury or death by 70%. Conscientious parents make sure their children are always in child car seats. However, 80-90% of those seats do not adequately protect the children riding in them due to improper installation. Protection can be compromised in several ways, including:
  • The wrong seat is used for the child's age, weight, and height, or for the vehicle
  • A seat is installed incorrectly
  • A child isn't properly secured in the seat

 

Revised car seat law begins Jan. 1, 2020

Children under the age of 2 must ride in a rear-facing car seat.

Children ages 2-4 must ride in a car seat rear or forward facing with a harness.

Children 4 and older must ride in a car or booster seat until they are 4 foot 9 inches tall.

Children under 13 must ride in the back seat.

 South County Fire promotes car seat use according to the American Academy of Pediatrics best practice guidelines.

  1. Keep infants and toddlers in rear-facing seats until they are at least 2 years of age or reach the maximum weight and height limits allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
  2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats until they reach the upper weight or height limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
  3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should ride in booster seats until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, usually between age 8-12 years old.
  4. When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly.
  5. Children under age 13 must ride in the back seat.

Always read your child car seat owner’s manual and your vehicle owner’s manual for installation instructions. Also check out safercar.gov for information and resources.

 

  • Do I need to be a Lynnwood resident to schedule an inspection?
    • No, you do not need to be a Lynnwood resident to access our car seat inspection service. However, we do give priority to Lynnwood residents.
  • How early in advance do I need to schedule my appointment?
    • You may book your appointment as far out as three months