Car Seat Safety

Keeping children safe in the car

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is highly encouraging virtual car seat inspections at this time. If an in-person car seat check is preferred, stop by any fire station, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Please keep in mind that if there is an emergency or the technicians are unavailable, you may have to go to another station or revisit at another time. We encourage caregivers to install the car seat to the best of their ability according to the car seat manual and vehicle manual prior to the inspection.

Virtual Car Seat Education

Did you know that nationwide, 73% of all child restraints are improperly used or installed? If you are in need of a car seat inspection, consider signing up for an appointment with a certified car seat technician - virtually! 

During your appointment, at technician will go over the correct use of your car seat, ensure proper installation, and fit of your child in the seat. The 30-minute appointment will leave you feeling more confident about your car seat.   

After receiving the pre-check form (PDF), an email will be sent with further instructions to schedule a date and time for the appointment. 

What to do with your car seat after a crash

It is recommended that car seats be replaced following a severe or moderate crash. A car seat may not need to be replaced after a minor crash.

If one or all of the following apply, the crash was considered minor:

  • The vehicle was able to be driven away from the site of the crash
  • The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged
  • There were no injuries sustained to any passengers in the crash
  • The vehicle airbags did not deploy

If there is damage to the car seat or the car door nearest the seat was damaged, the car seat must be replaced. Your insurance company may assist you in replacing your car seat. 

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For questions regarding the car seat inspection program,