Child Car Seats

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death of children, ages 3 to 14. However, many of these deaths can be prevented through the proper use of child safety seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers, ages 1 to 4.

Washington State has some of the toughest child car seat and booster seat laws in the nation, but for good reason. Securing a child in a properly sized and installed child car seat can and will prevent injuries.

Please see these online resources for information about child car seats:

Children in Car SeatsFree Child's Car Seat Safety Checks at Oak Harbor Fire Department

  • Who: For anyone transporting children in vehicles
  • What: Children's Seat Safety Check by Nationally Certified Child Passenger Technician
  • When: Odd months, first Tuesday, 3 to 5 pm; allow 30 minutes per seat/child
  • Where: Oak Harbor Fire Department, Station 81 at 855 E Whidbey Avenue, 98277
  • Why: Nationally only 1 in 4 child/seats is correctly installed; accidents are the leading cause of death in ages 1 to 14
  • Sign up: Appointments are required. To reserve your time slot, send us an email; please include the number and ages of children
  • Additional COVID-19 protocol: Face masks are required. Children under age five are exempt, but asked to use one if tolerated
  • Bring: Your car seat, child, and owner's manuals of your car and car seat
    • Please enter from the back (south) side of the station and pull forward into the apparatus bay when you arrive
  • Sponsored by:
    • Safe Kids Northwest Coalition
    • Whidbey Health EMS
    • Island County Fire Districts
    • Oak Harbor Fire Department
  • Questions? Submit them by email
  • Alternate Times and Locations for Checks and Classes:

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