Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children in the United States. Many injuries and deaths can be prevented by properly using car seats. With four out of five seats misused, certified technicians provide a valuable service to parents and caregivers concerned with safe transport for their most precious cargo.
The West Sacramento Fire Department Child Passenger Seat (CPS) technicians put their knowledge to work through a variety of activities, including car seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.
To make an appointment for a car seat installation or check-up, please contact Fire Administration at (916) 617-4600.
Parents have the best intentions for their children when they secure them in their seats and graduate them from infant seats to rear facing to forward facing to booster seats and ultimately the seat belt alone. Although it is ultimately the parent’s decision to change the child’s seating arrangement, there are vehicle codes that regulate child passenger safety. A general requirement that parents frequently ask about is that a child may not ride in the front seat of a vehicle unless the child is eight years of age or older or eighty pounds or more.
- California Vehicle Code and child passenger safety requirements.
- More information regarding child passenger seat safety and other information regarding the prevention of accidental childhood injury.
- View a recent list of recalled child passenger seats.