Car Seat Inspection

Car seat inspections are by appointment only, Monday-Friday during office hours. During the inspection, a certified car seat technician will demonstrate how to properly install a car seat. Inspections take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please bring your car seat and your vehicle's owner's manual to your scheduled inspection. 

To schedule an appointment, please contact the crime prevention specialist at 651-552-4235.

Here are some interesting car seat facts!

Did you know the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 is motor vehicle crashes? Children who are not properly restrained in a car seat may be seriously hurt or killed in a vehicle crash. Here are some tips to keep your children safe: 

Rear-Facing Seats

  1. Rear-facing seats include infant-only or convertible car seats.
  2. Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. Your child should remain in a rear-facing position until he or she outgrows the height or weight requirements allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer.
  3. Always place rear-facing safety seats in the reclined position at a 30 to 45-degree angle. Keep the harness snug, and at or below the shoulders.

Forward-Facing Seat, With a Harness 

  1. For children who have outgrown a rear-facing seat, use a forward-facing harness seat until they outgrow the weight or height limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. 
  2. Place the seat forward facing in the upright position.
  3. Move the harness straps to the properly reinforced slots.
  4. Keep the harness snug and at or above the shoulders. Check the manufacturer's instructions for exact positioning.

Booster Seat

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

When can my child ride in the front seat? 

  • Children aged 12 and younger should remain seated in the backseat while in a motor vehicle. 

See what happens to a child in the front seat when an airbag deploys