Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death in children. Proper restraint of child passengers - through use of car seats and seat belts - reduces the risks significantly.

Most car seats are used incorrectly. We offer free car seat checkups by appointment with a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Locations alternate between Mariner Fire Station 11 and Martha Lake Fire Station 21.

To schedule a car seat check appointment, contact Shawneri Guzman, Fire & Life Safety Education Specialist, (425) 551-1254.

Car Seat Basics

Children under age 13 must ride in the back seat. It’s the law. Trucks and two-seater vehicles are exempt. Washington state law requires:

  1. Keep infants in rear-facing seats until they are at least 2 years of age or maximum weight allowed by car seat manufacturer.
  2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat.
  3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should ride in booster seats until the vehicle seat belts fits properly (usually around age 8, or when they are 4’9” tall).
  4. When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly.