The Eagan Police Department is now offering in-person car seat safety inspections as well as virtual car seat inspections for parents and caregivers.
Virtual Car Seat Safety Inspections
When social distancing, bad weather, or other factors make in-person car seat checks difficult, a virtual car seat check is a good alternative. While phone support has always been an option for remote education, smartphones, tablets, and computers make virtual car seat checks with audio and visual components possible through technology such as FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, Google Duo, and others. (To participate in a virtual car seat safety inspection you will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer with audio and visual capabilities.)
All car seat inspections are done by appointment only. To schedule a car seat safety inspection, contact Jill Ondrey at the Eagan Police Department at (651) 675-5727 or
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability among children. Children who are not properly buckled up may be seriously hurt not only in crashes, but also from sudden stops. To keep children safe, everybody needs a safety belt or safety seat. Current Minnesota law states:
- Children cannot use a seat belt alone until they are eight years old, or until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall.
- Safety seats must be installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Child must be secured (buckled) in the safety seat.
- Seat must be secured to the vehicle.
- Law applies to all motor vehicles originally built with factory-installed seat belts.
- Law applies to all seating positions.
- Driver is responsible.
- Suspected non-use is a valid basis to stop a motor vehicle.
Here are some tips to remember when using a safety seat:
- It is recommended to keep a child in a booster seat based on their height, rather than their age. This may require parents to keep kids in booster seats past the age of eight.
- Never use a car seat that has been involved in a crash.
- All car seats expire. Check your owner's manual to see how long it is safe to use your child restraint.
- Register all your child safety seats with the manufacturer so that you will receive notification in the event of a recall.
- Children should stay in a rear-facing car seat until they are two years old, or have reached the rear-facing weight limit of the car seat.
- When using a child safety seat, the harness straps should be tight enough that you are not able to pinch any material on the straps.
- When properly installed, your child safety seat should move less then one inch side to side.
- Read the owner’s manuals for instructions on how to properly install your child safety seat.
According to the Minnesota Child Passenger Safety Program, seven out of ten child safety seats are not used correctly.