Car seats can be life-saving and complicated for any parent. Primary Children's Hospital offers a variety of resources to help parents and families ensure that their car seats are installed properly.
Through our free information helpline, you can find information and resources about free car seat checks, booster seat requirements, and the latest developments in Child Passenger Safety.
Car Seat Checks
Primary Children's Hospital maintains a free car seat Inspection Station for families who would like help learning the proper way to use and install car seats.
Primary Children's Hospital
- Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., by appointment only
Primary Children's Outpatient Services at Riverton
- 3rd Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., appointment recommended
For appointments or questions, please call 801-662-CARS (2277). A nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician answer your questions or schedule an appointment for a car seat check.
Other Community Car Seat Checks
Best Practice and Utah Laws
Utah's law requires all children to be properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat until at least age eight.
Remember that the seat belt begins to fit a person when they reach 4 feet 9 inches tall. It is best to keep children in a booster seat until they reach this height.
Car Seat Safety Tips
- Never place a safety seat in the front seat of a car. Regardless of the type of safety seat you use, the front seat is dangerous, especially if your vehicle has air bags.
- Snugly secure the belt holding the safety seat in the car and the harness holding the child in the safety seat.
- Make sure your car seat fits properly in your car. Check the vehicle owner’s manual and the safety seat instructions for proper placement procedures.
- Send in the safety seat registration card. Doing so will keep you informed about any updates or recalls of the product.
- Avoid secondhand car seats. Only use a secondhand seat only if you know the history of the seat to ensure that it has never been in a crash or has not been recalled. Make sure the manufacturer's date and model number are still on the seat and that it has not expired.
- Never use an expired safety seat. Those seats do not meet safety standards and are too old to be safe. The life of a car safety seat varies by manufacturer, but is usually between six and eight years. Follow all manufacturer's instructions regarding usage of the car seat.
Car Seat Use After a Crash
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that car seats be replaced following a moderate or sever crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers. Car seats do not automatically need to be replaced following a minor crash.
What defines a minor crash? A minor crash is one in which ALL of the following apply:
- The vehical was able to be driven away from the crash site.
- The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged.
- None of the passengers in the vehicle sustained any injuries in the crash.
- If the vehicle has air bags, the air bags did not deploy during the crash.
- There is no visible damage to the car seat.
NEVER use a car seat that has been involved in a moderate to sever crash. Always follow the manufacturer's insturctions.
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