Here are resources for parents to find car seat safety inspection locations, quizzes, car seat safety tips, classes and car seat ratings.

Safer Car

Parents can use this website to locate a child car seat inspection station nearby. A certified technician will inspect your child's car seat (some stations are free of charge) and coach you how to install it safely and correctly.

For a complete list of inspection locations near you, click here.
Call to make an appointment before arrival.

Car Seat Recommendations for Children

Check below to ensure that your child has the proper car seat for his or her age group.

Birth - 12 Months
Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

1 - 3 Years

Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It's the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.

4 - 7 Years

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it's time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8 - 12 Years

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it's safer there.

SeatCheck is a national campaign to help parents properly secure their children in motor vehicles. Central to the program is a free child safety seat inspection locator service which is available online and toll-free at 1-866-SEAT-CHECK.

Parents should expect the following upon arrival of a car seat inspection:

- Check the child safety seat to see that it has been properly installed
- Remove and inspect the child safety seat for damage
- Diagnose problems
- Ensure the child safety seat is not a recalled model
- Get information about children riders from the vehicle owner (size and weight of child, etc.)
- Ensure the child safety seat is appropriate for the size and age of the child
- Teach the vehicle owner the correct procedure to properly and safely install the child safety seat in his vehicle
- Discuss other vehicles and child safety seats they own, and provide instructions to repeat the correct procedure with other seats or when installing the seat in other cars.

City Of Atlanta Department Of Fire Rescue
The City of Atlanta Fire Department has 33 fitting stations located throughout the city open seven days per week from 8:00a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Each fitting station has a certified child safety seat technician on staff.
Car seat hot line: (404) 546-4444

Car Seat 101 Class
This class is designed to teach DeKalb County parents, grandparents and caregivers how to properly install a child safety seat, including booster seats. Participants learn about the current Georgia Child Passenger Safety Law, choosing the right car seat for your children, motor vehicle safety information and much more. Cost of the class is $10 for parents who are receiving WIC, Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids. Please bring your assistance card at the time of the class.
To register for the car seat class contact the SAFE KIDS of DeKalb Child Safety Seat Information Line: 404-294-3261

Northeast Georgia Health System
To make sure your car seat is correctly installed in your car, attend one of the free car safety seat classes offered monthly by the Gainesville/Hall County SAFE KIDS Coalition, which is led by Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Health System. Trained child passenger safety specialists will provide you with classroom instruction and then offer hands-on training installing your car seat in your car.
Call 770-219-1813 to register.

Safe Kids Cobb County
For Child Safety Seat Inspection Appointments in Cobb County visit this website.
For a Safe Kids representative, please call : 770-514-2369

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - Car Seat Ratings

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