Child Safety Seat Installation Assistance

Due to COVID-19/Coronavirus, the Virginia Beach Fire Department has suspended Child Safety Seat Installation Assistance.  This is effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice.​

Please refer to your car seat manufacturer's instruction manual or visit these websites for additional assistance.​


​The leading cause of death to children ages 1-14 in the United States is motor vehicle crashes.  Of the 3,183 kids who died in car crashes in 2016-17, 37% were unrestrained.  Almost all parents believe they are installing their child's car seat correctly however, statistics show that 59% are being used incorrectly.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department offers child passenger safety education and assistance with the installation of car seats at Fire Station 21 which is located at 1468 Nimmo Parkway.  

This assistance is regularly available on: 

Mondays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesdays from Noon to 4 p.m. 

Except when city offices are closed, holidays and/or as noted in the schedule below. 

Memorial Day (Monday) May 25, 2020

Labor Day (Monday) September 7, 2020

Veteran's Day (Wednesday) November 11, 2020

 

Visit Safe Kids "The Ultimate Car Seat Guide" for practical tips on selection, installation, and gen​eral information about ​​​car seats.

https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/

Use NHTSA's Car Seat Finder tool to compare car seats and to find the right car seat for your child based on your child's age, height, and weight.  

https​://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats 

 

Virginia's Child Safety Seat Laws

As of July 1, 2019: Children are to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until the age of two or the child reaches the minimum weight limit for a forward-facing safety seat as prescribed by the manufacturer of the safety seat.

Child restraint devices are required for children through the age of seven (until 8th birthday). Safety seats must be properly used and approved to meet Department of Transportation standards. The Virginia law is based on age and proper usage. Proper selection and use of a safety seat regarding weight and height is in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat. Rear-facing child restraint devices must be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. In the event the vehicle does not have a back seat, the child restraint device may be placed in the front passenger seat only if the vehicle is either not equipped with a passenger-side airbag or the passenger side airbag has been turned off.

Additional resources for proper installation and use of car seats:

  • Review the owners' manual for your car and car seat
  • Search the internet or YouTube for your car seat.  Most manufacturers provide detailed video installation instructions 
  • Register your car seat with the manufacturer for important recall and safety notices. https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#registration 
  • ​Contact AAA of Tidewater and request an Appointment (757-233-3889)


 How can I get involved?

​If you are interested in becoming a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and volunteering with the Virginia Beach Fire Department to help educate our community about the proper use of child restraint systems and seat belts, please contact Jessica Xenakis at jlxenakis@vbgov.com for more information.    

Our CPS technicians are certified through https://cert.safekids.org/

For the most recent statistics available and more information about car safety seats and booster seat visit:

https://www.safekids.org/child-passenger-safety

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