Car seats can be confusing and complicated for any parent. Primary Children's Hospital offers a variety of resources to help parents and families understand and ensure that their car seats are installed properly.

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.
  • Destroy a child safety seat if it has been involved in a crash, even if it still looks like it is in good condition. Damage that affects a seat’s ability to withstand another accident is not always visible.
  • Avoid secondhand safety seats. Use a secondhand seat only if it has instructions, the manufacturer’s date and model number on it, and has never been in a crash.
  • Never use an expired safety seat. The life of a car safety seat is about six years.

If you would like to schedule a car seat check, please call (801) 662-6583 to make an appointment. 

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Additional Resources:

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Click It Utah

Through this website you will find a one-stop-child safety restraint resource for children, teens and adults.
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This is a component of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that provides information and resources to keep you and your children safe on the road.
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Safe Kids Utah

This non-profit organization strives to make Utah a safer place for children by sharing evidence-based programs such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, which help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health promotes healthy lifestyles and safe behaviors for Utah's most vulnerable populations.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information about risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a multitude of resources for the physical, mental, and social health and well-being for infants, children, adolescents and young adults.