Child Safety Seat Installation Assistance


For the safety of your family and our staff during COVID-19, please utilize our virtual assistance options for help with car seat installation.  While we have currently suspended in-person seat checks, we are happy to help families over the phone with questions and advice regarding your child's car seat.

 

Virtual Assistance Options

Option 1: Call 385-2875 to set up a virtual consultation with a car seat technician.   

Option 2: Contact your car seat manufacturer for a virtual appointment with a car seat technician make/model. https://www.jpma.org/page/carseathelp

Option 3: Visit one of the 2 interactive websites below to learn more about installing your child's car seat.   

 

Visit Safe Kids "The Ultimate Car Seat Guide" for practical tips on selection, installation, and 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

Please call 757-385-2875 to schedule a virtual appointment.

 

 

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 a virtual consultation (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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