You’ve done your research on the safest car, purchased a carseat that has gone through about 10 thousand crash tests, but is your car seat properly installed? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of carseats are improperly installed. The NHTSA also states that car crashes are the largest cause of fatalities and serious injuries for children between ages 2 and 15.

Car seat safety is just as important, if not more important than childproofing your home. There are a number of Car Seat Inspection Stations throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties. Most require appointments and the service is free (a donation is always nice though). Prior to having your seat installed or inspected, you’ll need to check for recalls on the NHTSA’s website, so be sure to have your car seat’s make, model and ID available. Finally, bring your installation manual with you to the fitting or have it ready to go on your cell phone.

 

                                                          Car Seat Inspection Stations

    Nassau County:                                                    Suffolk County:                                                     Queens County:

Nassau County Traffic Safety Board                       Good Samaritan Hospital                                St. Mary’s Hospital for Children
170 Cantiague Rock Rd, Hickville                          1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip                  29-01 216th St, Bayside
Contact: Chris Mistron 516.571.9664                      Contact: 631.376.4109                                   Contact: 718.281.8571
Appointment Required                                             Appointment Required                                    Appointment Required

 

North Shore LIJ Health System                              New York State Police                                      EAC Safe Start at H.B. Chevrolet
269-01 76th Ave, New Hyde Park                          7140 Republic Airport, Farmingdale                 205-20 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills
Contact: 718.470.7178                                           Contact: Trp Frank Bandiero 631.756.3389     Contact: 516.292.7362
Appointment Required                                            Appointment Required                                      Appointment Required

 

Garden City Police Department                            EAC
349 Stewart Ave, Garden City                              80 Wheeler Road, Central Islip
Contact: 516.4655.4121                                       Contact: Angela Brockman 631.648.7100 x 210
Appointment Required                                          Appointment Required

 

Town of Hempstead Dept of Public Safety          Dix Hills Fire Department
200 North Franklin St, Hempstead                      115 Deer Park Rd, Dix Hills
Contact: 516.538.1900 ext 217                           Contact: 631.499.8836 x 137
Appointment Required                                         Appointment Required

 

 

EAC Safe Start                                                           Continental Car Care
175 Fulton Ave, Hempstead                                       654 Portion Rd, Lake Ronkonkoma
Contact: Angela Brockman 516.292.7362                 Contact: Chris Barba 631.981.0101
Appointment Required                                               Appointment Required

 

 

Winthrop University Hospital
Parking Garage, Old Country Rd & Fifth Ave, Mineola
Contact: 5156.663.4839
Appointment Required

 

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