Car Seat Inspection


Did you know that 95% of all car seats are incorrectly installed?

Officer Hissong is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and can help with correct installation of your car seat. She has completed a four-day course of instruction and extensive hands on testing. If you have any questions about Child Safety Seats contact Officer Hissong at the department.

The Tecumseh Police Department is currently participating in the Office of Highway Safety Planning grant to distribute free car seats to those in need.  In order to qualify for a new seat you must bring the child with their current seat in the vehicle to the Department for a seat check.  If the child safety seat is deemed to be unsafe for the child due to defect, age of the seat, compatibility, or is simply the wrong seat for the child a new seat may be given.  Only one seat is allowed per child through the grant program.

Some Tips For Keeping Kids Safe In A Motor Vehicle:

  • Current recommendations from the American Pediatric Association is that children should remain rear facing until age two or the upper weight limits of the rear facing seat have been met.
  • NEVER put a rear-facing seat in front of an airbag.
  • Effective 06/26/09 all children under the age of four years must ride in the back seat of a car in a car seat.  If the child is in a rear-facing car seat, they may be placed in the front seat ONLY if the passenger air bag is turned off and all rear seats are occupied by children under four years of age. 
  • A five point harness is the safest way to travel.  Children should remain in the 5 point harness until the upper weight limits of the harness are met. 
  • New legislation also prohibits removing a child from a car seat to nurse while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Effective 07/01/09 until children are 8 years of age or 4 ft 9 inches in height, they must use a booster seat.   
  • Seats need to be tightly installed in the vehicle. Once belted in, the seat should not move more than one inch when pulled at the belt path.
  • Be sure the harness strap is fitted so that you cannot pinch extra webbing at the shoulder. 
  • Do not place any excess clothing or blankets between the child and the harness straps. Best practice is to warm up the vehicle prior to placing the child in the seat so that a large coat is not necessary while in the car seat. Blankets can be wrapped around the child after the harness straps are adjusted properly.
  • Remember car seats have expiration dates, usually six years from date of manufacture.  Check the labels on the back of the seat for the date.
  • To check for a proper fitting seat belt, children must be able to sit upright in the vehicle seat with their knees bent at the edge of the seat. The lap belt must ride low on the hips and the shoulder belt fit over the shoulder, not cutting into the neck. If the seat belt does not fit properly the child should be using a booster seat.
  • Reminder: No one should ride in a vehicle without a properly adjusted seat belt. The belt should be snug and low on the hips. The shoulder belt must NEVER be put behind the back or under the arm. Wearing your seat belt incorrectly can cause serious injury or death.
  • We do not recommend purchasing used seats from any source.  A used seat could be unsafe due to unknown defect or been involved in a crash.  Remember any car seat involved in a crash needs to be replaced.
CHILDREN ARE NOT CARGO! Never allow a child to ride in the back of a pick-up truck. State Law prohibits anyone under 18 to ride in the back of a pick-up truck traveling faster than 15 mph.
NEVER leave your child alone in a vehicle.
TEACH children not to play in, on, or around vehicles.