Car Seat Installation

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Child Safety Seat Inspections

Davenport Fire Department sponsors a car seat checkup event on the 4th Saturday of every month at Fire Station 6.  This event runs from March through October of each year and is from 0900 to 1200 hours.   For Further Information, contact Lt. Zach Soliz at 563-326-7907. 
As a reference, we have added the current Iowa laws regarding child passenger safety. 
Child Safety Seat Use

Although current Iowa law states that only children who are under the age of six are required to be in appropriate child passenger safety seats, booster seat or seat belt, recommendations from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provide more substantial guidelines for keeping your child safe. Following are the best practices prescribed by NHTSA and the AAP:
Proper Child Safety Seat Use Chart
Buckle Everyone. Children Age 12 and Under in Back!
WEIGHT Birth to 1 year
at least 20-22 lbs.
Over 1 year and
Over 20 lbs.-40 lbs.
Over 40 lbs.
Ages 4-8, unless 4'9''.
TYPE of SEAT Infant only or rear-facing convertible Convertible / Forward-facing Belt positioning booster seat
SEAT POSITION Rear-facing only Forward-facing Forward-facing
ALWAYS MAKE SURE: Children to one year and at least 20 lbs. in rear-facing seats

Harness straps at or below shoulder level
Harness straps should be at or above shoulders

Most seats require top slot for forward-facing
Belt positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belt.

Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight across the lap/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt fits snug crossing the chest and shoulder to avoid abdominal injuries
WARNING All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat
If you would like a firefighter to instruct you on proper car seat installation, please fill out the form below.

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