Child Passenger Safety Inspections

Incorrectly Installing Car Seats

Did you know that 9 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly? Common errors include not adequately securing the seat into the vehicle, facing the child forward too soon, improper placement of harness straps, and using a seat that is not appropriately sized for the child. While not all of these errors may lead to injury, they increase the likelihood of injury in the event of a traffic crash.


The City of Carbondale Police Department is a child passenger safety inspection station. Employees trained as certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) can inspect child safety seats for correct installation and use. This service is free of charge.

Safety checks are offered by appointment only at the Police Department.