Car Seat Safety

Keeping children safe in the car

Did you know that nationwide, 73 percent of all child restraints are improperly used or installed?

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department has an ongoing car seat education program. This program is available at all five fire stations, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

This is an education program, not an installation service. 

Our certified car seat technicians will help you learn about your car seat and guide you through the process of installing your car seat correctly. 

Please bring the following to your inspection:

  • Car seat installed in a vehicle to the best of your ability. 
  • Car seat manual.*
  • Vehicle manual. 

Why do I need to bring the car seat manual?

The manual should always be checked over at every inspection. Some seats have small nuances that are not totally obvious and our certified car seat technicians will need to look through it with you.

What if I don't have the car seat manual?

You will need to pull the manual up on your phone. This way, the manual can be referenced during the inspection and education around the car seat and you will have it on hand for future reference. 

The education-based inspection program is designed to:

  • Ensure every child is properly restrained and that the car seat is appropriate for the child with regard to height, weight and age.
  • Ensure each car seat is properly installed.
  • Educate the public on safely transporting their most important packages, their children.

Please keep in mind that if there is an emergency or the technicians are unavailable, you may have to go to another station or revisit at another time. 

We encourage caregivers to install the car seat to the best of their ability according to the car seat manual and vehicle manual prior to the inspection.

What to do with your car seat after a crash

It is recommended that car seats be replaced following a severe or moderate crash. A car seat may not need to be replaced after a minor crash.

If one or all of the following apply, the crash was considered minor:

  • The vehicle was able to be driven away from the site of the crash.
  • The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged.
  • There were no injuries sustained to any passengers in the crash.
  • The vehicle airbags did not deploy.

If there is damage to the car seat or the car door nearest the seat was damaged, the car seat must be replaced. Your insurance company may assist you in replacing your car seat. 

More information

Questions?

For questions regarding the car seat inspection program call 303-660-1066 or email the fire educators team.