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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Car seat inspections at some locations have been temporarily suspended due to coronavirus precautions.

Car Seat Inspections

Safe Kids DC and its community partners operate several car seat inspection and installation stations throughout the city to teach families how to safely transport children. All inspection stations are operated by nationally certified child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) and instructors (CPST-Is). This service is available to patient families and the community at large.

During a car seat inspection or installation, technicians will:

  • Take height and weight measurements (if child is present)
  • Provide hands-on instruction to the parent/caregiver regarding proper installation
  • Check for recalls
  • Check the expiration date 
  • Check for broken or missing car seat parts
  • Provide education to avoid heatstroke-related injuries

For more safety tips and information on selecting the right car seat for your child, check out the Safe Kids Ultimate Car Seat Guide.

We offer car seat inspections, no appointment required, at locations across the city. We also conduct car seat inspection events and safety education sessions. If you are interested, please fill out our event request form.  

Inspection Stations

Car seat inspection services are limited due to COVID-19. All inspection stations are closed on federal holidays.

Children's National Main Campus

111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
Level P1 of parking garage

Service at this station has been suspended until further notice. 

Please email a Safe Kids DC team member at safekidsdc@safekids.org for more information.

District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Child Passenger Safety Educational Consultation services will be available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Educational consultations allow you to receive information and links to resources specific to your seat over the phone or email. Please note educational consultation is not a substitute for a car seat inspection but can provide valuable information on safe child transport.

Virtual Inspections are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only through the Video Car Seat Assistance Program. Please schedule an appointment.

Please contact Karen Gay or call 202-409-0234 for more information.

DMV Inspection Station

1001 Half Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

Service at this station has been suspended until further notice.

Please contact Patrick Perry, Eric Riley or Larry Walker or call 202-729-7125 for more information.

Metropolitan Police Department

501 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

In-person car seat installation services are available by appointment only Mondays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and walk-ins only on Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Please contact Brandi Beam or call 202-437-8030 for more information.

Virtual Car Seat Inspections

Virtual car seat inspections allow you to schedule a video inspection with a Child Passenger Safety Technician. During this time a virtual inspection is a safe alternative until in-person inspection stations are re-opened.

The following organizations are offering virtual car seat inspection services: