Car Seat Inspection

Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper installation and used of car safety seats will help keep children safer. However with so many different car safety seats it is no wonder why so many parents find this overwhelming. The type of seat your child needs depends on several factors including your child's age and size and the type of vehicle you drive. To be sure your child is using the most appropriate car or booster seat visit to the West St. Paul Police Department for an inspection.

  • To schedule an appointment, please contact Laura Vaughan, Crime Prevention Specialist at 651-552-4235, or Officer Elyse Wood at 651-552-4200.
  • Please bring the manual for your car

Rear-Facing Seats

  • Types of rear-facing seats include infant only or convertible.
  • For newborns to at least 1 year old and 20 pounds. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children rear-facing until age of 2.
  • Always place rear-facing safety seats in the reclined position at a 30 to 45 degree angle. Keep the harness snag, and at or below the shoulders.

Forward-Facing Seat, With a Harness

  • For children who have outgrown a rear-facing seat, use a forward facing harnesses seat until they outgrow the weight limit (typically 40-60 pounds, depending on seat).
  • Place the seat forward-facing in the upright position.
  • Move the harness straps to the proper reinforced slots.
  • Keep the harness snug and at or above the shoulders. Check the manufacturer's instruction for exact positioning.

Booster Seat

  • Booster seats are required by law in Minnesota.
  • Children must use a booster seat until age of 8, or 4 feet 9 inches tall, which ever comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height rather than age.
  • Booster seats must be used with a lap and shoulder belt